Synopses & Reviews
Alan Shapiro's seventh collection celebrates art as a woefully inadequate yet necessary source of comfort. "Amazingly sensitive and tough-minded" (Tom Sleigh), the poems in Song and Dance intimately describe the complicated feelings that attend the catastrophic loss of a loved one. In 1998, Shapiro's brother, David, an actor on Broadway, was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. Song and Dance recounts the poet's emotional journey through the last months of his brother's life, exploring feelings too often ignored in official accounts of grief: horror, relief, impatience, exhaustion, exhilaration, fear, self-criticism, fulfillment.
About the Author
Alan Shapiro is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of nine acclaimed books of poetry. He is a former recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Los Angeles Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was recently elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Table of Contents
Everything the Traffic Will Allow 1 Transistor Radio 4 Sleet 8 Scan 10 The Match 17 The Phone Call 23 The Accident 25 Joy 28 Up Against 31 The Last Scene 33 Fly 37 The Big Screen 39 Three Questions 41 Broadway Revival 43 If I Only Knew Then 46 The Old Man 49 To the Body 50 Song and Dance 54 Last Impressions 57