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Swimming lessons : new and selected poems

Author: Nancy Willard
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this generous gathering of new poems and work selected from her ten earlier books, the artistry, grace, and sense of wonder that have distinguished Nancy Willard's poetry for the past three decades are displayed in vivid abundance. Psalms to the puffball, to the wisdom of geese, to bees swarming, and to angels in the snow transport us to the farm country of Michigan and New York. Other poems - for example, "When
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Genre/Form: Poetry genre
Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Willard, Nancy.
Swimming lessons.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996
(OCoLC)605004311
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Willard
ISBN: 0679446397 9780679446392
OCLC Number: 34473652
Description: xiv, 206 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Swimming Lessons --
Cold Water --
At the Optometrist's --
Grief and the Dentist --
A Member of the Wedding --
Memory Hat --
The Patience of Bathtubs --
Guesthouse, Union City, Michigan --
Flea Market --
Uninvited Houses --
Fairy Tale --
Swimming to China --
The Exodus of Peaches --
In Praise of the Puffball --
The Alligator Wrestler --
The Fruit Bat --
Peacock Bride --
The Wisdom of the Geese --
The Wisdom of the Jellyfish --
Sand Shark --
Winston Farm --
The Burning at Neilson's Farm --
A Very Still Life --
Still Life with Drive-in --
The Bell Ringers of Kalamazoo --
A Conversation Phrase Book for Angels --
From a Postcard (found poem) --
The Flea Circus at Tivoli --
Picture Puzzles --
Marcel Marceau --
Wedding Song --
Bees Swarming --
Saint Nicholas Is the Patron Saint of --
"Ashes" --
from The Cycle of the Fountain (Oslo: Frogner Park) --
Camera Obscura --
First Lesson --
The Church --
String Games --
The Insects --
Transcript, 1848 --
Guest --
The Healers --
Skin of Grace --
Moss --
Arbor --
Out of War --
The Poet Takes a Photograph of His Heart --
The Poet Invites the Moon for Supper --
The Poet Writes Many Letters --
The Poet Enters the Sleep of the Bees --
The Poet Turns His Enemy into a Pair of Wings --
The Poet Tracks Down the Moon --
The Baker's Wife Tells His Horoscope with Pretzels --
The Poet Stumbles upon the Astronomer's Orchards --
The Poet's Wife Watches Him Enter the Eye of the Snow --
For You, Who Didn't Know --
A Kind of Healing --
Carpenter of the Sun --
In Praise of ABC --
A Humane Society --
Walking Poem --
Marriage Amulet --
How to Stuff a Pepper --
Roots --
A Psalm for Running Water --
In Praise of Unwashed Feet --
The Animals Welcome Persephone --
When There Were Trees --
What the Grass Said --
Clearing the Air --
Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him --
Night Light --
Angels in Winter --
Two Roman Goddesses --
Lightness Remembered --
How the Hen Sold Her Eggs to the Stingy Priest --
Saint Pumpkin --
The Sleep of the Painted Ladies --
The Five Versions of the Icicle --
Family Picnic with Wine and Water --
Two Allegorical Figures --
Country Scene --
My Life on the Road with Bread and Water --
The Ballad of Biddy Early --
How the Magic Bottle Gave Biddy Its Blessing --
Charm of the Gold Road, the Silver Road, and the Hidden Road --
How the Queen of the Gypsies Met Trouble-and-Pain --
How Biddy Called Back Friday, Her Lost Pig --
Biddy Early Makes a Long Story Short --
Song from the Far Side of Sleep --
A Wreath to the Fish --
The Feast of St. Tortoise --
Psalm to the Newt --
Airport Lobsters --
Life at Sea: The Naming of Fish --
Poem Made of Water --
A Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God --
Missionaries Among the Heathen --
Memorial Day in Union City, Michigan --
Science Fiction --
Coming to the Depot --
The Teachings of the Jade --
A Psalm for Vineyards --
Onionlight --
The Potato Picker --
The Weeder --
God Enters the Swept Field --
Small Medicinal Poem --
For Karen --
Little Elegy with Books and Beasts --
Poems from the Sports Page --
One for the Road --
The Winged Ones --
Photographing the Angels --
Angels Among the Servants --
Jacob Boehme and the Angel --
Visitation in a Pewter Dish.
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In this generous gathering of new poems and work selected from her ten earlier books, the artistry, grace, and sense of wonder that have distinguished Nancy Willard's poetry for the past three decades are displayed in vivid abundance. Psalms to the puffball, to the wisdom of geese, to bees swarming, and to angels in the snow transport us to the farm country of Michigan and New York. Other poems - for example, "When There Were Trees"--Take us to landscapes at once earthy.

And mythical: "I saw maples fanning the fire in their stars, / heard the coins of the aspens rattling like teeth, / saw cherry trees spraying fountains of light, / smelled the wine my heel pressed from ripe apples." In Nancy Willard's poems the stuff of everyday life is transformed: bathtubs are "melancholy tureens into which the moon ladles her light broth"; the optometrist's shop, where "from the lit shelves stare a hundred eyeglasses," brings about a charmed.

Discomfort; a dentist's mirror is "a moon caught on a silver baton." Hers is a vision marked by playfulness and close observation, by a questioning both joyful and profound, by the lasting enchantment of a light-filled world.

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