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A Trick of Sunlight

Poems

Dick Davis

Publication Year: 2006

In his new collection of poems, Dick Davis, the acclaimed author of Belonging, addresses themes that he has long worked with—travel, the experience of being a stranger, the clash of cultures, the vagaries of love, the pleasures and epiphanies of meaning that art allows us. But A Trick of Sunlight introduces a new theme that revolves around the idea of happiness—is it possible, must it be illusory, is its fleetingness an essential part of its nature so that disillusion is inevitable? Many of the poems are shaded by the poet’s awareness of growing older, and by the ways that this both shuts down many of life’s possibilities and frees us from their demands. The levity of some verses here is something of a departure for Davis, but his insights can be mordant too, revealing darknesses as often as they invoke frivolity. As Davis’s readers have come to expect, the poems in A Trick of Sunlight aim at the aesthetic satisfactions that accompany accurate observations expressed with wit, intelligence, and grace. But they achieve as well an immediacy and rawness of vision that seem to belie his careful craft.

Published by: Ohio University Press

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

“The heart has its abandoned mines . . .”

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pp. 1-

Chèvrefeuille

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pp. 2-

Getting Away

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pp. 3-4

Happiness

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pp. 6-

Hérédia

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pp. 7-

The Man from Provins

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pp. 8-9

Before Sleep

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pp. 10-

The Old Model’s Advice to the New Model

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pp. 11-

Edgar

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pp. 12-

Listening

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pp. 13-

What I Think

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pp. 14-

The Scholar as a Naughty Boy

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pp. 15-

Anglais Mort à Santa Barbara

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pp. 16-

The Skeptic

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pp. 17-

Driving

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pp. 18-19

Flying Back

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pp. 20-21

Three Emilys

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pp. 22-

Turgeniev and Friends

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pp. 23-

Under $6 a Bottle

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pp. 24-

“They are not long, the days of wine and roses . . . ”

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pp. 25-

Shopping

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pp. 26-

Chagrin

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pp. 27-

Pasts

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pp. 28-

A Visit to Grandmother’s

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pp. 29-

Can We?

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pp. 30-

Cythère

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pp. 31-

Young Scholar

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pp. 32-

Farsighted

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pp. 33-

On a Remark of Karl Kraus

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pp. 34-35

Preferences

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pp. 36-

Small Talk

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pp. 37-40

The Phoenix

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pp. 41-

Dis’s Defense

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pp. 42-

William MacGonagall Welcomes the Initiative for a Greater Role for Faith-Based Education

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pp. 43-

William Morris

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pp. 44-

Driving Westward

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pp. 45-

Are we going the same way?

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pp. 46-

Emblems

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pp. 47-

A Mystery Novel

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pp. 48-

Notes

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pp. 51-53


E-ISBN-13: 9780804040259
Print-ISBN-13: 9780804010894

Publication Year: 2006

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