Winter Amnesties: Writing the Violent Subject

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April 2000



"Winter Amnesties" is a book of origins and endings, griefs and reconciliations. Each poem addresses the dilemma posed by G. K. Chesterton: "One must somehow find a way of loving the world without trusting it." The poems revisit the past, assess the present, and stare hard into the future. At middle age, Glaser remembers his youth in Louisiana and settles into the long stretch of his adult years in Ohio; he makes his peace with "the life that allows." As son, as father, as poet, he looks to his legacy, whatever dim remnant of himself might continue after "all flesh falls back to salt and cinder." But these are poems of brio and bitter wit, not of self-pity and surrender. They take a jaunty stance towards life and welcome whatever the days may bring, confident that, like crows in the harvest cornfield, we can live on "the shocks and waste of this world" and "wring gold grain from the ruin."


Elton Glaser is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Akron and former director of the University of Akron Press. He has published three full-length collections of poems: "Relics," "Tropical Depressions," and "Color Photographs of the Ruins." His poems have appeared in "The Best American Poetry 1995," "The Best American Poetry 1997, Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry," and "The Pittsburgh Book of Contemporary American Poetry." Among his awards are two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize.
EAN: 9780809323050
ISBN: 0809323052
Untertitel: 'Crab Orchard Award Series in P'. First. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2000
Seitenanzahl: 96 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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