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Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets)

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Sometimes a fact swings down like a hammer and we are changed. The fact of loss, the fact of desire, and all the wild, unruly facts of history hammer down and sparks fly up. This, then, is a collection of facts. In a rushing, rolling style, poems sweep to the edge of falling apart, take great delight in defying that dissolution, and come upon a thing redemptive and clarifying: the fact of love. In a world that "doesn't really care / whether we live or die", Steve Scafidi writes, "tell it you do and why".<P>Against the harrowing fact of death, Scafidi celebrates dream and desire and the sweet erotics of springtime. Witnessing the budding of muscle trees, the nakedness of a lover, and the furious plowing of a river in the month of April amount to a sensual equivalent of hope. And yet, the facts of history — from Troy to Rome to Montgomery, Alabama — arouse a great dread of our own cruelties. The truth of the South, the poems show, is often a brutal mix of ignorance and force that America learned from the great classical civilizations. From the unthinkable to the quietly heroic, somehow we have emerged. Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer celebrates that fact most of all.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807126943
Author:
Scafidi, Steve
Publisher:
Lsu Press
Location:
Baton Rouge
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Series:
Southern Messenger Poets
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
76
Dimensions:
9.00x6.04x.26 in. .27 lbs.

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