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Deeds of Utmost Kindness

Forrest Gander

Publication Year: 1994

A haunting and peculiar travelogue, Deeds of the Utmost Kindness employs forms as diverse as haiku and prose poetry in settings that range from Japan to the rural Ozarks to contemporary Moscow. The compelling strangeness of the poems' precise details exposes varied rhythms of thought and illustrated how different logics work in the metaphoric structures of changing places . Yet behind the uneasy sense of dislocation felt by the constant traveler lies the personal, essentially moral, voice of the poet as observer.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-x

My gratefulness to the editors of the magazines in which these poems first were published: sections of "Ozark Log" were first published in New Directions: An International Anthology of Prose and Poetry and in The Southern Review, "The Faculty for Hearing the Silence of Jesus" in Conjunctions; "The Blue Rock Collection" ...

Prelude

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pp. 1-2

Roasted Gingko

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pp. 5-16

The Blue Rock Collection

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pp. 17-26

Ozark Log

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pp. 27-40

The Second Presence: for Jack Gilbert and the Manyoshu

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pp. 41-50

Librettos for Eros: for Frank Stanford, Poet, 1948-1978

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pp. 51-60

The Faculty for Hearing the Silence of Jesus

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pp. 61-76


E-ISBN-13: 9780819572493
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819522092

Page Count: 86
Publication Year: 1994

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series