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From Ways of Going

for Steve

Will it be like paragliding

gossamer takeoff, seedlike drifting down

into a sunlit, unexpected grove?

Or ski-jumping—headlong soaring,

ski-tips piercing clouds,

crystal revelations astonishing my goggles?

. . . . Skittery flicker of a glare-weary lizard

startled into the sheltering wings of a leaf,

rusting freighter with a brimming hold

shimmering onto a crimson edge. . . .

Sad rower pushed from shore,

I'll disappear like circles summoned

by an oar's dip.

However I burn through to the next atmosphere,

let your dear face be the last thing I see.

 

 

Whether writing poems about North American life and landscape; or love poems; or elegies for family and friends; or poems on serious, debilitating illness and the transformations it can effect—Elise Partridge offers in Chameleon Hours words forged by suffering and courage. Full of wit and empathy, Partridge’s poems draw inspiration from sources as whimsical as tortoises and pontoons, as poignant as a homeless woman taking shelter inside a post office on a winter night, and as deeply personal as her own cancer diagnosis at a young age. Chameleon Hours is a book about the rewards of being reminded of one’s own mortality and the lyric expression of life in all its intensity.
 
Elise Partridge is a teacher and editor.  She is the author of Fielder’s Choice.
 
 
 
 

Synopsis:

From Ways of Going

for Steve

Will it be like paragliding—

gossamer takeoff, seedlike drifting down

into a sunlit, unexpected grove?

Or ski-jumping—headlong soaring,

ski-tips piercing clouds,

crystal revelations astonishing my goggles?

. . . . Skittery flicker of a glare-weary lizard

startled into the sheltering wings of a leaf,

rusting freighter with a brimming hold

shimmering onto a crimson edge. . . .

Sad rower pushed from shore,

I'll disappear like circles summoned

by an oar's dip.

However I burn through to the next atmosphere,

let your dear face be the last thing I see.

 

 

Whether writing poems about North American life and landscape; or love poems; or elegies for family and friends; or poems on serious, debilitating illness and the transformations it can effect—Elise Partridge offers in Chameleon Hours words forged by suffering and courage. Full of wit and empathy, Partridges poems draw inspiration from sources as whimsical as tortoises and pontoons, as poignant as a homeless woman taking shelter inside a post office on a winter night, and as deeply personal as her own cancer diagnosis at a young age. Chameleon Hours is a book about the rewards of being reminded of ones own mortality and the lyric expression of life in all its intensity.
 
Elise Partridge is a teacher and editor.  She is the author of Fielders Choice.
 
 
 
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226647920
Author:
Partridge, Elise
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
LIT014000
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
From Ways of Going

for Steve

Will it be like paragliding—

gossamer takeoff, seedlike drifting down

into a sunlit, unexpected grove?

Or ski-jumping—headlong soaring,

ski-tips piercing clouds,

crystal revelations astonishing my goggles?

. . . . Skittery flicker of a glare-weary lizard

startled into the sheltering wings of a leaf,

rusting freighter with a brimming hold

shimmering onto a crimson edge. . . .

Sad rower pushed from shore,

I'll disappear like circles summoned

by an oar's dip.

However I burn through to the next atmosphere,

let your dear face be the last thing I see.

 

 

Whether writing poems about North American life and landscape; or love poems; or elegies for family and friends; or poems on serious, debilitating illness and the transformations it can effect—Elise Partridge offers in Chameleon Hours words forged by suffering and courage. Full of wit and empathy, Partridges poems draw inspiration from sources as whimsical as tortoises and pontoons, as poignant as a homeless woman taking shelter inside a post office on a winter night, and as deeply personal as her own cancer diagnosis at a young age. Chameleon Hours is a book about the rewards of being reminded of ones own mortality and the lyric expression of life in all its intensity.
 
Elise Partridge is a teacher and editor.  She is the author of Fielders Choice.
 
 
 
 

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