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Described by the late James Dickey as "one of the finest new poets to come along in years," Robert Wrigley fulfills that early promise with this, his newest collection. Reign of Snakes is a book about desire, the soul's desire as much as the body's. As Jane Hirshfield said of Wrigley's previous book, In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (Penguin, 1995), "To read it is to unpeel a little further into the human, and into the wideness that holds the human--a splendid gift." Reign of Snakes takes us to yet another level, deep into the daily devotions, "where the dark blows a kiss to night."

. . . a frigid day in February and a full-grown rattlesnake curled to a comma in the middle of the middle of the just-plowed road. Ice ghost, I think, curve of rock or stubbed-off branch. But the diamonds are there, under a dust of crystals looming, impossible, summer's tattoo, the mythical argyle of evil.

--from "Reign of Snakes"

About the Author

Robert Wrigley is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. His sixth and most recent book, Lives of the Animals, won the 2004 Poets’ Prize.

Table of Contents

Reign of Snakes Part One: The Afterlife

Why Do the Crickets Sing?

Dark Forest

Hoarfrost

Flies

Sad Moose

Part Elegy

Art

Having Heard the Moon

Open Grave

Part Two: Amazing Grace

The Pumpkin Tree

Lessons

Movies

The Theory and Practice of Fables

The Knowing

After the Flood

The Burned Cemetery

Wanting God

Our Father

Part Three: Meditation at Bedrock Canyon

Reign of Snakes

Part Four: Night Music

Ice Fishing

Prey

More Rain

Peace

Arrowhead

Nostalgia

Bodies

Prayer for the Winter

Conjure

Envoy: The Name

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140589191
Author:
Wrigley, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.96 x 6 x 0.3 in 0.35 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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