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The Father

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The Father is a sequence of poems, a daughter's vision of a father's illness and death. It chronicles these events in a connected narrative, from the onset of the illness to reflections in the years after the death. The book is, most of all, a series of acts of understanding. The poems are impelled by a passion to know and a freedom to follow wherever the truth may seem to lead. The book goes into areas of feeling and experience rarely entered in poetry. The ebullient language, the startling, far-reaching images, the sense of extraordinary connectedness seize us immediately. Sharon Olds transforms a harsh reality with truthfulness, with beauty, with humor--and without bitterness. The deep pain in The Father arises from a death, and from understanding a life. But there is joy as well. In the end, we discover we have been reading not a grim accounting but an inspiriting tragedy, transcending the personal. The radiance and daring that have always distinguished Sharon Olds' work find here their most powerful expression.

Synopsis:

I Follow in the Dust She Raises is a collection of deeply personal poems born from a life sharply observed. Martin takes readers from the mountains of the West to the shores of Alaska, as she delves into the rippling depth of childhood experiences, tracks the moments that change a life, and settles into the fine grooves of age.  Exploring the ties of family and grief, Martins unflinching poetry ripples with moments of extraordinary beauty plucked from what seem like ordinary lives.

About the Author

Linda Martin lives in Homer, Alaska, where she and her husband own and operate a glass shop.

Table of Contents

I. Running through Shadows

Visiting the Cemetery in Plains, Minnesota

Mythology

A Sumptuous Destitution

Believers

Running through Shadows

Dancing with Mama

A Visit from Aunt Rosie

Logger Song

Widowmaker

A Young Child

Pearly Everlasting

 

II. History Lesson

Watching Mama’s Figure

Older Sister

Uppity

Refusing a Man

Moonwalking, 1969

Losing a Man

City Girl

History Lesson

Pigeons in Montpelier

Anonymous

Mama Calls Herself Weary

Mama’s Will

The Vanished

 

III. After Years

At Home Now in Homer

After Years of Searching

Artifacts

Once Upon a Time

Building a Boat

Boy, Still Visible

Without Fame

Shopping for Satisfaction

True Minds

Marriage Vow

Migrations

Proof of Joy

 

IV. Contemplating Autumn

Anniversary

Premonition

The System

September Clouds

Ordinary Dangers

Acting My Age

Slow Day at the Glass Shop

Harboring a Mean Streak

Moose Seasons

Snowed In

Tourist

When I Brought You Home to Mama

Coupled

Contemplating Autumn

 

Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679740025
Author:
Olds, Sharon
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press
Author:
Martin, Linda
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Death -- Poetry.
Subject:
Fathers and daughters -- Poetry.
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
University of Alaska Press - The Alaska Literary Series
Series Volume:
1057
Publication Date:
20150315
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
60
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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