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Publisher Comments:

Alan Shapiro's seventh collection celebrates art as a woefully inadequate yet necessary source of comfort. "Amazingly sensitive and tough-minded" (Tom Sleigh), the poems in Song and Dance intimately describe the complicated feelings that attend the catastrophic loss of a loved one. In 1998, Shapiro's brother, David, an actor on Broadway, was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. Song and Dance recounts the poet's emotional journey through the last months of his brother's life, exploring feelings too often ignored in official accounts of grief: horror, relief, impatience, exhaustion, exhilaration, fear, self-criticism, fulfillment.

About the Author

'Alan Shapiro is the author of eight acclaimed books of poetry. He hasreceived the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Los Angeles Times prize for poetry, among other honors. His memoir, The Last Happy Occasion, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.'

Table of Contents

Contents

Everything the Traffic Will Allow  1 Transistor Radio  4 Sleet  8 Scan  10 The Match  17 The Phone Call  23 The Accident  25 Joy  28 Up Against  31 The Last Scene  33 Fly  37 The Big Screen  39 Three Questions  41 Broadway Revival  43 If I Only Knew Then  46 The Old Man  49 To the Body  50 Song and Dance  54 Last Impressions  57

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618152858
Author:
Shapiro, Alan
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
February 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.66x5.70x.48 in. .55 lbs.

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