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An Almost Pure Empty Walking (National Poetry)

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Publisher Comments:

In his debut collection, chosen by Mary Karr as a winner of the 2005 National Poetry Series, Tryfon Tolides weaves together poems that speak of desire, loss, and small joys. Tolides was born in a tiny village in Greece and his work is rooted in the mountains and wind and the deep interior of that place; his poems express a longing and a searching for peace, for home, for beauty, for escape. These poems constitute a lament, whether they concern themselves with the difficulties of assimilation or the question of whether it is possible for people to live with one another in a spirit of true understanding. They prove that the physical and the metaphysical can share residence, can even be one and the same.

About the Author

Tryfon Tolides was born in Korifi, Greece, and moved to America at the age of six. He has a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

An Almost Pure Empty Walking Immigrant

Almond Tree

Circus

The First Thing: Ousia

Etymological

All Summer

The Mouse and the Human

Surveillance

Where you will end up

Something inside myself keeps me

Calm Spring Day

In New York City

From Mount Athos

Delivery

The Package Store

Praying or Love Poem

I Have Two White Stones

The Third One

Bone Marrow Biopsy

A Doctor's Analogy

The Tree

I tell her what I know

Returning from Greece

The Man with the Flying Car

Meeting

Not for a Reason

No Matter What

Love Note

A Perfect Day

Watering

Siesta

Agora

Commerce

Magic Voice

More Sense

The Little Box as Less Than Absolute

Enduring Freedom

By the Pier

Early April Evening

Conversion

We have become one another's torturers

Based on Previous Encounters

Meditation in Spring

Aborted Instructions

Advice for Poems

There is a window in Maine,

Is Emily Dickinson Right About Distance?

A Non-Argument

The Presence of God

Corners of Windows

Hunger Strike

When it feels to me

Affinities

Home from School

Questions for My Dead Aunt in the Village

Service

Sin

I Could Make a List of Things Which Persist

My Mother's Room

Rain

Forms

A Patch of Chicory

I Will Sweep

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143037095
Author:
Tolides, Tryfon
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
National Poetry Series
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.92x6.16x.24 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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