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The Dead Alive and Busy (Phoenix Poets)

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In his sixth book of poems, Alan Shapiro once again shows that he is a master at articulating the secrets of the heart. The Dead Alive and Busy deals with issues of personal identity as revealed through examining the intimate bonds of family life. The poems explore these familial relations in terms of the religious, social, and literary contexts that inform them, delving into such universal themes as human frailty, illness and death, bereavement, and thwarted desires. By turns lyrical and narrative, slangy and elevated, analytical and visionary, this collection showcases one of America's most important poets in his top form.

Praise for Alan Shapiro: "Shapiro is a shrewd and sympathetic moralist. He never trivializes his subjects with high-minded flourishes or stylistic gimmicks."—J. D. McClatchy, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Alan Shapiro teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of a collection of essays, In Praise of the Impure: Poetry and the Ethical Imagination (1993), and four previous books of poetry, including the award-winning Happy Hour (1987).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I.

Old Joke

On Men Weeping

New Year's Eve in the Aloha Room

Vase of Flowers

Feet

Aphrodite

The Bath

Worm

The Sanctuary

Hallway

Hermes

Departure

The Dawn Walkers

II.

After the Hurricane

Interstate

The Naked Eye

Furies

Invisible Termini

What

Abraham and Isaac

The Coat

Bedtime Story, 1979

Calypso, Penelope

The Singer

Thrush in Summer

The Beach Chair

Ghost

Dream of the Dead

III.

Scree

Hand

Air

Rose

Revenant

The Table

The Summoning

Scarecrow

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226750514
Author:
Shapiro, Alan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
89
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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