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In Favor of Lightning

Barbara Molloy-Olund

Publication Year: 1987

Barbara Molloy-Olund's poems begin squarely in the world of the senses, then extend that world into the realm of imagination. The sky comes to imply a commanding spiritual intelligence. Trees tossing in a storm suggest the "fleeting, impetuous nerve/ we manage only once or twice/ our whole lives." Pigs in a barnyard imply a rich connection between the sacred and the profane, The poet's achievement is her subtlety; we admire her serene and unobtrusive flights of mind. Molloy-Olund's Midwestern landscapes mesh gracefully with her ruminations, creating a poetry that is hers alone.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

1. IN RETROSPECT, THE SKY

In Retrospect, the Sky

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pp. 3-5

The Proximity of Sparrows

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pp. 6-7

Cemetery near Gaslight Village

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p. 8

Sister David Will Not Ride in an Automobile

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p. 9

Years Later

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pp. 10-11

Along the Mississippi

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pp. 12-13

Poem

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p. 14

2. HERE ON EARTH

Rainfall in the Midwest

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p. 17

In Favor of Lightning

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pp. 18-19

Heirloom

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pp. 20-21

Money

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pp. 22-23

Knot

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pp. 24-25

Take the Swallows with You

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pp. 26-27

Blockstarken

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pp. 28-29

Beginnings

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p. 30

3. HOW IT BEGINS

October, a Parade

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pp. 33-34

Waking When It's Still Dark

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pp. 35-36

Red House, Red Leaves

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p. 37

Report

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pp. 38-39

My Friend's Father

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pp. 40-42

On the Porch in the Evening

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pp. 43-44

How It Begins

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pp. 45-46

Imperfect Elegy

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pp. 47-49

Force

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pp. 50-51

Passenger

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p. 52


E-ISBN-13: 9780819571274
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819521323

Page Count: 63
Publication Year: 1987

OCLC Number: 728226660
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