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Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters (Penguin Poets)


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Award-winning poet Debora Greger grew up in Washington near the site of the Hanford atomic plant, which, unbeknownst to its workers, manufactured plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. “The high school team was named the Bombers,” she writes. “The school ring had a mushroom cloud on it.” In Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters she uses what The Nation has characterized as her “deadpan wit, intelligence and marvelous insight” to explore the legacy of a Catholic girlhood spent in a landscape where “even the dust, though we didn’t know it then, was radioactive.”

“Call us out of the animal,” Greger writes, invoking the ghost of a poet conjured in “Nights of 1995,” in what could be construed as the motto of a collection filled with what Poetry called “priceless instants where the mundane flares up into the miraculous.”

About the Author

Debora Greger is a poet and professor who has won grants and awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim foundation. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and Paris Review.

Table of Contents

Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters The Landscape of Memory

Adam's Daughter

The Desert Fathers: The Flagpole-Sitter

The Age of Reason

Andante pastorale

The Blessing of the Throats

Memories of the Atomic Age

Ship Burial

Lives of the North American Martyrs

Northwest Passage

A Brief History of Blasphemy for the Feast of the Assumption

The Cloud of Unknowing

Psyche and Eros in Flordia

Nights of 1995

Ovid at Land's End

Bureau de change

Sunday at the Ruins

In the Eternal City

The Love of Ruins

Keats in Ohio

The Flea Market at the End of History

Much Too Late

The Patron Saint of Venice

I Dinosauri di Venezia

The Body Translated into Heaven

The Further Travels of Marco Polo

In the Museum of the Eighteenth Century

Il Diluvio universale (particolare)

A Return to Earth

The Desert Father

Mass in B Minor

Product Details

Greger, Debora
Penguin Books
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
American - General
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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Paperback / softback
Poets, Penguin
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Grade Level:
from 12
8.44x5.47x.30 in. .27 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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