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These soulful lyrics use allusive imagery and ecumenical diction to consider the pastoral as a life to inhabit, not an artifact or idealized place to visit. Here, the specter of loss makes a world more precious—notions of home and love must be ever-evolving as colts are stillborn and pigeons slaughtered, apple blossoms frozen in spring and dead lambs burned in diesel fire. But, these poems insist, there is beauty in the soil and beauty in birth—and death in birth, and beauty in death, as well.

And Upon the Earth No Wind

Pigeons erupting from a barn.

Twenty-three ewes

stand at once, ice-chunks

clinking in their wool.

I call, soft, call loud

but the mare treads the snow blue.

Am I born to constant

hazard? Wood becomes

more than wood simply

by its burning. Steam

rises up from the land—

I call but do not move.

The moon rising shines even

upon all things and I can’t tell

which is mare

and what’s weather.

Silence in eaves ever after.

“It is rare to see a poet work so hard in the physical world—serious farm labor—and still catch a fleeting glimpse of the spirit. Kevin Goodan does this convincingly because his language is so precise and his mind knows when to jump and when to stand still. This is a remarkable book.”—James Tate

Kevin Goodan received his BA from the University of Montana and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His poems have been -published in Ploughshares and other journals.

Synopsis:

Goodan's mesmerizing first collection wells out of a deeply lived rural life, with all its beauty and brutality.

Synopsis:

Poetry. These soulful lyrics use allusive imagery and ecumenical diction to consider the pastoral as a life to inhabit, not an artifact or idealized place to visit. Here, the specter of loss makes a world more precious-notions of home and love must be ever-evolving as colts are stillborn and pigeons slaughtere, apple blossoms frozen in spring and dead lambs burned in diesel fire. But, these poems insist, there is beauty in the soil and beaity in birth-and death in birth, and beauty in death, as well. "It is rare to see a poet work so hard in the physical world-serious farm labor-and still catch a fleeting glimpse of the spirit. Kevin Goodan does this convincingly because his language is so precise and his mind knows when to jump and when to stand still. this is a remarkable book"--James Tate.

About the Author

Kevin Goodan received his BA from the Universities of Montana and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His poems have been published in Ploughshares and other journals. Currently, he teaches at Holyoke (MA) Community College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781882295470
Author:
Goodan, Kevin
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 in 4.5 oz

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Goodan's mesmerizing first collection wells out of a deeply lived rural life, with all its beauty and brutality.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. These soulful lyrics use allusive imagery and ecumenical diction to consider the pastoral as a life to inhabit, not an artifact or idealized place to visit. Here, the specter of loss makes a world more precious-notions of home and love must be ever-evolving as colts are stillborn and pigeons slaughtere, apple blossoms frozen in spring and dead lambs burned in diesel fire. But, these poems insist, there is beauty in the soil and beaity in birth-and death in birth, and beauty in death, as well. "It is rare to see a poet work so hard in the physical world-serious farm labor-and still catch a fleeting glimpse of the spirit. Kevin Goodan does this convincingly because his language is so precise and his mind knows when to jump and when to stand still. this is a remarkable book"--James Tate.
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