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New and Selected Poems includes more than fifty poems from Marjory Wentworth’s previous three collections, Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, plus twenty-eight new poems. This collection serves as a capstone to Wentworth’s tenure as South Carolina poet laureate, a title she has held since 2003. Thematically Wentworth’s poems invite us to view nature as a site of reflection and healing, to consider the power of familial bonds and friendships, and to broaden our awareness of human rights and social justice. Regional settings appear throughout, indicative of Wentworth’s commitment to represent her adopted home state of South Carolina in her work. She skillfully employs a variety of forms, from prose poems to sonnets to elegies to list poems, making for a varied and interesting trek through this “best of” collection of her poems to date. This collection includes a foreword by the poet Carol Ann Davis, author of Psalm and Atlas Hour and assistant professor of English at Fairfield University.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Poems from Noticing Eden
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. In the Dream of the Sea
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  1. Barrier Island
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  1. Carolina Umbra
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  1. Wild Plums
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  1. The Nest of Stars
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  1. Beach Walk
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  1. Lament
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  1. Toward the Sea
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  1. Hurricane Season
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  1. How the Yellow Angels Hunger
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  1. Core Banks, North Carolina
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  1. Findhorn
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  1. The Color of Rain
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  1. River
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  1. Irises
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  1. Bamboo
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  1. The Unkempt Garden
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  1. Homecoming
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  1. The Coming Light
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  1. Near the Doorway
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  1. Poems from Despite Gravity
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. Tangled
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  1. Linthong
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  1. Sand
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  1. Strip Search
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  1. Dancing Barefoot in Atlanta
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  1. The Last Night
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  1. Apparent Tranquility
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  1. Slate
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  1. Sierra Snow
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  1. The Sound of Snow
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  1. Newlyweds
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  1. A Normal Life
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  1. Japanese Landscape
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  1. Spring
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  1. On All Sides Water
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  1. Sandur
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  1. Despite Gravity
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Poems from The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. What Shines
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  1. What If
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  1. What Passes
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  1. What Remains
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  1. Old Burial Hill
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  1. Charleston Rooftops
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  1. Boat People
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  1. In Gaza’s Berry Fields
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  1. Nocturne 2006
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  1. What the Shrine Wants
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  1. Illuminata
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  1. Nothing Can Contain You
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  1. Pine Pitch
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  1. Spaghetti
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  1. My Quaker Grandmothers
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  1. Stillborn
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  1. Annunciation
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  1. Seeking
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  1. Spring Island, South Carolina
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  1. New Poems
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  1. Family Reunion
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  1. The Christmas Apron
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  1. Corene
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  1. Easter Worry
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  1. Intersection Where the Rain Begins
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  1. Where a Mirage Has Once Been, Life Must Be
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  1. When All the Branches Overlap
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  1. A Place for You
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  1. The Weight It Takes
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  1. As Dreams Unwind
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  1. The Top of the World
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  1. Daybreak, John’s Island, South Carolina
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  1. Snow in the South
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  1. Forgotten
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  1. In Sorrow and Sunlight
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  1. The Art of Memory
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  1. Winter Light
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  1. February Triptych
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  1. The Stones Beneath Our Feet
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  1. Summer Dirge
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  1. Undertow
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  1. Counting Scars
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  1. Brainstorming
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  1. A Sisyphean Task
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  1. A Monstrous Terrible Story
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  1. Rain Coming From a Bright Sky
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  1. The Philosophy of Gardening
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  1. Manacles
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  1. Louisiana’s Disappearing Chains
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  1. Teen Wears Pet Bird Like a Hat
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  1. Runaway Cow Tracked Down in Germany
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  1. Police Say Roving Cows Drank Backyard Brews
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  1. The Way Sound Travels
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  1. In My Light Year
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  1. Notes and Acknowledgments
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611173239
Print ISBN
9781611173222
MARC Record
OCLC
870684238
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-30
Language
English
Open Access
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