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Winter Amnesties

Elton Glaser

Publication Year: 2000

Winter Amnesties is a book of origins and endings, griefs and reconciliations. Each poem addresses the dilemma posed by G. K. Chesterton: “One must somehow find a way of loving the world without trusting it.” The poems revisit the past, assess the present, and stare hard into the future. At middle age, Glaser remembers his youth in Louisiana and settles into the long stretch of his adult years in Ohio; he makes his peace with “the life that allows.” As son, as father, as poet, he looks to his legacy, whatever dim remnant of himself might continue after “all flesh falls back to salt and cinder.”

            

But these are poems of brio and bitter wit, not of self-pity and surrender. They take a jaunty stance towards life and welcome whatever the days may bring, confident that, like crows in the harvest cornfield, we can live on “the shocks and waste of this world” and “wring gold grain from the ruin.”

   

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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p. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I also want to thank the University of Akron and the Ohio Arts Council for granting me fellowships that made possible the completion of my work. And for giving me advice that helped earlier versions of this book take shape, I am indebted to Bob Pope, the late Raeburn Miller, and my wife, Helen. ...

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Clearing the Ground

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pp. 3-14

Hymn and Field Holler

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pp. 4-15

Suppertime

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pp. 5-6

Introibo at 5 A.M.

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pp. 7-8

Epiphany Stick

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pp. 9-20

Dancing Lessons

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pp. 10-21

The Summoning

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pp. 11-22

Seminary Easter

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pp. 12-15

King Cake Party

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pp. 16-17

Somniloquy

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pp. 18-29

American Flyer

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pp. 19-30

Junkyard Blues

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pp. 20-21

Winter Inset

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pp. 22-23

Cradlesong

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pp. 24-35

Two

Crows in a Locust Tree

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pp. 27-38

Turning with the Animals

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pp. 28-29

First Earth

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pp. 30-41

Seapiece

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pp. 31-42

This Late, This Far

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pp. 32-33

Shadows by Giacometti

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pp. 34-45

Freefall at Evening

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pp. 35-46

Nothing of Ourselves

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pp. 36-47

Hibernation

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pp. 37-48

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

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pp. 38-49

A Little Daymusic

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pp. 39-50

Late Returns in Eden

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pp. 40-51

Bird Lady

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pp. 41-44

Dog Nights

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pp. 45-56

Sunny Side Up

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pp. 46-57

Sub Rosa

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pp. 47-58

Underfoot

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pp. 48-59

Half-Ode at Harvest

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pp. 49-50

Three

This Is Your

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pp. 53-54

Zero Summer

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pp. 55-66

Bifocal

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pp. 56-67

Long in the Tooth

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pp. 57-68

The Effects of Myth at Two below Zero

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pp. 58-69

Le Piano Introspectif

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pp. 59-70

The Faith of Forty

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pp. 60-71

Smoking

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pp. 61-72

Dirge in the Chalumeau Register

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pp. 62-63

Spry Declensions

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pp. 64-65

Refusing October

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pp. 66-77

Purge

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pp. 67-68

Principles of Conversion

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pp. 69-80

Forecasts

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pp. 70-81

Last Poem of Summer

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pp. 71-73

Deathbed Edition

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pp. 74-77

Also in the Series

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p. 89-89

Back Cover

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p. 90-90


E-ISBN-13: 9780809385010
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809323050

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2000

Series Title: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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