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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BUCOLICS
 
"In these marvelous addresses to the Almighty, Maurice Manning reminds us of our agrarian roots and that our best metaphors for the ineffable all spring from the soil. These psalms, powerful and hectoring, tautological and unique, are reminiscent of King David's. They are spellbinding." --Mark Jarman, author of To the Green Man
 
PRAISE FOR THE POETRY OF MAURICE MANNING:

"A fresh and brilliant talent."—W. S. MERWIN

 
"A Companion for Owls conjures the historical D. Boone, Long Hunter, with astonishing intimacy and convincingness, while at the same time using him to stage profoundly nonhistorical scenes. The lucidity and surprise and soulfulness of their language embody an intelligence and sensibility attainable only in high art. Several times I have had to put Owl down with a shudder, and reload. This is thrilling work." — James Baker Hall, poet laureate of Kentucky

Review:

"In his third collection, Yale Younger Poets prize — winner Manning goes for a new twist on the traditional genre of pastoral poetry: he praises nature, but also engages in a postmodern conversation with a version of a higher power, which he calls 'Boss.' In 78 rolling, untitled, unpunctuated poems, which mostly keep to an iambic beat, Manning's curious, grateful and mischievous speaker spars with his unanswering deity, alternately singing praise ('...Boss a horse beside/ a tree it makes me happy'), reeling in doubt ('...if I/ could find the little ladder Boss/ that's leaning straight against the sky/ how many rungs would I have to climb'), teasing ('...you just/ can't get above your raising Boss') and railing against the silence that answer his outcries ('...Boss you hold/ me down you hold me back/ you push against me O/ I hope you're happy now'). The poems do get repetitive — Manning establishes his strategies at the outset and then uses them again and again — but the insistent rhythm is born of real enthusiasm." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Cascading from one page to another, the seventy poems in this collection read like a love song to creation. Maurice Manning extolls the virtues of nature and its many gifts, and finds deep gratitude for the mysterious hand that created it all. Unpunctuated and untitled, the work wraps you in its reverie and reminds you of the many wonders all around us. Poetry like this is a celebration of life and language, of everything that is.

Synopsis:

Untitled and unpunctuated, the seventy poems in this acclaimed collection seem to cascade from one page to another. Maurice Manning extolls the virtues of nature and its many gifts, and finds deep gratitude for the mysterious hand that created it all.

that bare branch that branch made black

by the rain the silver raindrop

hanging from the black branch

Boss I like that black branch

I like that shiny raindrop Boss

tell me if Im wrong but it makes

me think youre looking right

at me now isnt that a lark for me

to think you look that way

upside down like a tree frog

Boss Im not surprised at all

I wouldnt doubt it for

a minute youre always up

to something Ill say one thing

youre all right all right you are

even when youre hanging Boss

About the Author

MAURICE MANNINGs poems have appeared in the Southern Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the New Yorker, and his first collection of poems was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award. He teaches English at Indiana University. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and Danville, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Contents

boss of the grassy green 1

did you ever have a nickname Boss 3

the night is trotting toward me Boss 4

what color is your collar Boss 5

youre the hay maker Boss 7

do you get happy Boss do you 8

do you have a table 9

O Boss sometimes you take it all 10

are you ever sorry Boss ever 11

you spread the nighttime Boss 12

I told that old dog he 13

why Boss why do the days drift by 14

are you ever in my chest Boss 15

if you had a feed sack Boss what 16

how big is your hand Boss hold it up 17

the light inside the shadow how 18

I like the weaving bees I like 19

there was a fox Boss in my dream 20

you swirl the dirt like nobodys business 21

Ive got butterflies Boss 22

you make it all seem easy Boss 23

yes Ive tried to hide my face 24

did you pull yourself up

 by your bootstraps Boss 26

Im sure youve got a sweet spot 27

I guess youve got a lot 28

you toss the stars like clover seed 29

that bare branch that branch made black 30

the two of us were cut 31

boss of the blue sky boss 32

you move in every direction 33

did you teach the woodpecker how 34

the birds the bugs even the trees Boss 35

when you push the clouds

 so close together Boss 36

the river looks so level Boss 37

is that you Boss is that 38

of course I like the sun 40

do you have a busy season Boss 41

Im happy Boss happy as a bird 43

did you boss the horse against the barn 44

is there another sky besides 46

the field is flatter than 48

unless my nose is itchy Boss 49

if I say Ive sprung the spring in my step 50

I wonder Boss in all 51

before my eye was burning like 52

the way that buzzard hops it makes 53

I put my face against 54

when I chop wood you warm me twice 55

O boss of ashes boss of dust 56

Ive got a picture of you Boss 57

I got up early Boss the moon 58

your other favorite word 59

Im like an oak tree Boss O 61

you windy blowhard Boss 62

do you put your trousers on one leg 64

are you against me Boss 65

say what have you got underneath 66

guess what Boss Im not even 67

when I see the shadow of the hawk 68

can I say whew to you now Boss 69

you let out light to tease the shadows 70

listen Boss dont think that I 72

my hay day Boss is every day 73

if I didnt know you better Boss 74

the first hawk you hung up in the sky 76

you know that little song 77

it doesnt bother me Boss to have 78

is your barn stuffed to the roof beam 79

beyond the field this time 80

would you trade hee-haws with a crow 82

does an old dog toll beside you Boss 84

you leave a little night inside 86

would you be lonesome if I swam 87

weve always been like this 89

you raise the hawk you hoist the crows 90

thank you for the leaf Boss 92

am I your helper Boss or am 93

Ive got one thing to say to you 94

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151013104
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
General
Author:
Manning, Maurice
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081103
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.3 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

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Product details 120 pages Harcourt - English 9780151013104 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his third collection, Yale Younger Poets prize — winner Manning goes for a new twist on the traditional genre of pastoral poetry: he praises nature, but also engages in a postmodern conversation with a version of a higher power, which he calls 'Boss.' In 78 rolling, untitled, unpunctuated poems, which mostly keep to an iambic beat, Manning's curious, grateful and mischievous speaker spars with his unanswering deity, alternately singing praise ('...Boss a horse beside/ a tree it makes me happy'), reeling in doubt ('...if I/ could find the little ladder Boss/ that's leaning straight against the sky/ how many rungs would I have to climb'), teasing ('...you just/ can't get above your raising Boss') and railing against the silence that answer his outcries ('...Boss you hold/ me down you hold me back/ you push against me O/ I hope you're happy now'). The poems do get repetitive — Manning establishes his strategies at the outset and then uses them again and again — but the insistent rhythm is born of real enthusiasm." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Cascading from one page to another, the seventy poems in this collection read like a love song to creation. Maurice Manning extolls the virtues of nature and its many gifts, and finds deep gratitude for the mysterious hand that created it all. Unpunctuated and untitled, the work wraps you in its reverie and reminds you of the many wonders all around us. Poetry like this is a celebration of life and language, of everything that is.

"Synopsis" by ,

Untitled and unpunctuated, the seventy poems in this acclaimed collection seem to cascade from one page to another. Maurice Manning extolls the virtues of nature and its many gifts, and finds deep gratitude for the mysterious hand that created it all.

that bare branch that branch made black

by the rain the silver raindrop

hanging from the black branch

Boss I like that black branch

I like that shiny raindrop Boss

tell me if Im wrong but it makes

me think youre looking right

at me now isnt that a lark for me

to think you look that way

upside down like a tree frog

Boss Im not surprised at all

I wouldnt doubt it for

a minute youre always up

to something Ill say one thing

youre all right all right you are

even when youre hanging Boss

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