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"The coherence Shapiro prizes is both more thorough and more thoroughgoing than that offered by a moralizing intelligence. His poetry comes by its sad wisdom through its accomodations to human happenstance and estrangement. . . .In Covenant, sympathy grounds itself in worldly particulars, and subjectivity begets responsibilities. Hardnosed yet tenderly attentive, Shapiro's acute self-consciousness distills an exacting conscientiousness."—David Barber, Poetry

"At forty-years-old and already the author of four superbly written books of poems, Shapiro has produced a work of such authority and originality that he has permanently enlarged my hopes and expectations for contemporary poetry. His risk-loving swiftness of perception and his affinity for stories that up-end convention and taboo have enabled him to reclaim, for poets of my generation, areas of feeling and linguistic virtuosity that originated with William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, J. V. Cunningham, and Ivor Winters. It is hard for me to see how an ideal anthologist of the future will be able to include their names without gratefully including his."—Tom Sleigh, Boston Phoenix

About the Author

Alan Shapiro has published twelve books of poetry, including Night of the Republic, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize, and Old War, winner of the Ambassador Book Award. In 2014 Shapiro was awarded a North Carolina Award for his body of work. He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

One

The Sweepers

Maison des Jeunes

At the Dump

1. Sunday

2. Saturday

3. If I Were There

The Visitation

Mud Dancing

Virgil's Descent

Two

Night Watch

The Experiment

The Dawn of Time

Cold Wood

The Lesson

Three

Love Poem

Underground

Rock Pool

Owl

Guessing Game

Marriage

Seventh Month

Tour for Expecting Parents

In the Kingdom of Pleasure

Separation of the Waters

Dawn Chorus

Kinship

Turkey Vultures

Prayer on the Temple Steps

Turn

Four

Home Movie

Two Elegies

Purgatory

Covenant

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226750453
Author:
Shapiro, Alan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Series Volume:
284 (Oct. 1987)
Publication Date:
19911131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
100
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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