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Traveling light : poems

Author: Linda Pastan
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
The poems in Traveling Light trace our journey through the years in language that makes the ordinary landscapes we pass through new again.

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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Pastan
ISBN: 9780393079074 0393079074 9780393342680 0393342689
OCLC Number: 601105928
Description: xi, 77 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Years after the garden: The Burglary --
Bread --
Lettuce heart with flower petals --
Thanksgiving ghost --
Anatomy --
March --
On seeing an old photograph --
Lilacs --
Pastoral --
Pears --
In Eve's life --
The Serpent to Eve --
Eve on her deathbed --
Years after the garden --
Time and the weather: The Maypole --
Tulips --
Purple --
April --
Cows --
Late September song --
Bronze bells of autumn --
Acorns --
Vertical --
Noel --
Flowers --
Tannenbaum --
Clock: Insomnia --
Moment --
After a month of rain --
The Moon --
Dozen roses --
Clock --
Return to maple --
Counting backwards --
Any woman --
Thesis --
Q and A --
Ash --
Somewhere in the world: Silence --
In the forest --
Times Square, 1944 --
Somewhere in the world --
Weights and measures --
Boundaries --
Three skulls on an Oriental rug --
Turner, late painting --
On the steps of the Jefferson Memorial --
Anniversary --
The Flood, 2009 --
Listening to Bob Dylan, 2005 --
Traveling light: Flight --
Time travel --
In an unaddressed envelope --
Three perfect days --
In the Har-Poen Tea Garden --
Driving west --
String Lake, Wyoming --
Early --
Recycled --
At the Riverside Chapel --
The Ordinary --
The Still point --
Traveling light.
Responsibility: Linda Pastan.


The poems in Traveling Light trace our journey through the years in language that makes the ordinary landscapes we pass through new again.

"Our lives have minds of their own," Linda Pastan says in her title poem, "Traveling Light," and in this collection she continues to chronicle her journey through that life with its pleasures and problems, its unexpected detours. The concerns of these poems are many: the ambivalences of love and family, the surprises--indeed the shocks--that come with aging, art and how it can change us.

The Gettysburg Review wrote, "Some critics point to Emily Dickinson when citing Pastan's lapidary style and metaphysical wit, a comparison that does justice to either poet when Pastan is at her best." And the Boston Globe said, "Pastan is a poet of wholeness--a sane poet, who expresses a full range of the possibilities and potencies of the human, feminine voice."

"In another poem from this new book Pastan tells us: "It is the ordinary that comes to save you." It is the transformation of the ordinary into something strange and luminous that is the hallmark of her remarkable work"--


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