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Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire

Brenda Hillman

Publication Year: 2013

Fire? its physical, symbolic, political, and spiritual forms?is the fourth and final subject in Brenda Hillman's masterful series on the elements. Her previous volumes?Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water?have addressed earth, air, and water. Here, Hillman evokes fire as metaphor and as event to chart subtle changes of seasons during financial breakdown, environmental crisis, and street movements for social justice; she gathers factual data, earthly rhythms, chants to the dead, journal entries, and lyric fragments in the service of a radical animism. In the polyphony of Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, the poet fuses the visionary, the political, and the personal to summon music and fire at once, calling the reader to be alive to the senses and to re-imagine a common life. This is major work by one of our most important writers. Check for the online reader's companion at brendahillman.site.wesleyan.edu.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vii

CONTENTS

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pp. viii-xi

I. ON THE MIRACLE OF NAMELESS FEELING

To Spirits of Fire After Harvest

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p. 3-3

Some Kinds of Reading in Childhood

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p. 4-4

The Fuel of an Infinite Life

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p. 5-5

Grammar of This Life at Noon

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p. 6-6

Geminid Showers & Health Care Reform

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p. 7-7

Late Autumn Storms at Pigeon Point

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p. 8-8

At the Solstice, a Yellow Fragment

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p. 9-9

Early Sixties Christmas in the West

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p. 10-10

The Vowels Pass By in English

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p. 11-11

Something Has Been Reading the Fireroots

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p. 12-12

The Body Politic Loses Her Hair

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p. 13-13

In High Desert Under the Drones

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p. 14-14

Between Semesters, the Fragments Follow Us

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p. 15-15

We Saw the E Look Back

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p. 16-16

I Heard Flame-Folder Spring Bring Red

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p. 17-17

En Route to Bolinas, a Rose

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p. 18-18

In the Room of Glass Breasts

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p. 19-19

Equinox Ritual with Ravens & Pines

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p. 20-20

To Leon, Born Before a Marathon

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p. 21-21

Fable of Work in the World

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p. 22-22

A Halting Probability, on a Train

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p. 23-23

In Summer, Everything Is Something’s Twin

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p. 24-24

To Stem the Time We Spent

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p. 25-25

Facelessbook

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p. 26-26

Two Summer Aubades, After John Clare

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p. 27-27

The Practice of Talking to Plants

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p. 28-28

Ecopoetics Minifesto: A Draft for Angie

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p. 29-29

Foggy Animist Morning in the Vineyard

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p. 30-30

Previous Dawn in the Next Field

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p. 31-31

West Marin Night During Perseid Showers

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p. 32-32

For One Whose Love Has Gone

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p. 33-33

Patience Swoons in the Sword Ferns

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p. 34-34

Between the Fire & the Flood

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p. 35-35

Between the Souls & the Meteors

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p. 36-36

Moaning Action at the Gas Pump

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p. 37-37

Elegy for an Activist in Winter

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p. 38-38

Autumn Ritual with Hate Turned Sideways

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p. 39-39

Rituals with Food Before the Feast

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p. 40-40

After the Feast at Year’s End

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p. 41-41

Report on Visiting the District Office

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p. 42-42

After a Death in Early Spring

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p. 43-43

Imperishable Longing to Be with Others

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p. 44-44

The Hour Until We See You

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p. 45-45

Till It Finishes What It Does

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p. 46-46

After a Very Long Difficult Day

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p. 47-47

A Spiral Tries to Feel Again

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p. 48-48

You Were in Sunlight Being Prepared

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p. 49-49

On the Miracle of Nameless Feeling

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p. 50-50

II. A SENSE OF THE LIVELY UNIT

As the Roots Prepare for Literature

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p. 53-53

Summer Mountain Lightning & Some Music

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p. 54-54

The Elements Are Mixed in Childhood

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p. 55-55

At the Snow Line in Summer

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p. 56-56

Sky of Omens, Floor of Fragments

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p. 57-57

The Seeds Talk Back to Monsanto

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p. 58-58

Coda: Suggested Activism for Endangered Seeds

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p. 59-59

The Nets Between Solstice & Equinox

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p. 60-60

Very Far Back in This Life

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p. 61-61

To the Writing Students at Orientation

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p. 62-62

The Letters Learn to Breathe Twice

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p. 63-63

Local Warming & Early Autumn Butterflies

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p. 64-64

Halfway Through Civilization, Late to Another

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p. 65-65

Imitating a Squirrel at my Job

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p. 66-66

Experiments with Poetry Are Taken Outdoors

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p. 67-67

A Short Walk During Late Capitalism

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p. 68-68

A Quiet Afternoon at the Office

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p. 69-69

A Quiet Afternoon at the Office II

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p. 70-70

When the Occupations Have Just Begun

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p. 71-71

After the Orionids, Near the Plaza

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p. 72-72

From the Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

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p. 73-73

Short Anthem for the General Strike

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p. 74-74

Mists From People As They Pass

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p. 75-75

Types of Fire at the Strike

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p. 76-76

o—o—o o—o—o o—o—o o—o—o

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p. 77-77

A Brutal Encounter Recollected in Tranquility

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pp. 78-79

& the Tents Went Back Up

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p. 80-80

2 Journal Entries During Occupy SF

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p. 81-81

An Almanac of Coastal Winter Creatures

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p. 82-82

The Second Half of the Survey

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p. 83-83

Lyrid Meteor Showers During Your Dissertation

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p. 84-84

Poem of Hope, Almost at Equinox

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p. 85-85

Radical Lads, Blisters & Glad Summers

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p. 86-86

Mystical Lichen Falls Through the Fonts

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p. 87-87

Smart Galaxies Work with Our Mother

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pp. 93-104

In the Evening of the Search

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pp. 105-106

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & NOTES

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pp. 107-108

...The anti-drone demonstration photos taken by Kat Factor & Janet Weil; “Report on Visiting the District Office” by Karen Tedford; diamond planet from blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/08/26/former-sun-like-staris- now-a-diamond-planet...

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About the Author

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pp. 109-114

...Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College of California where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Robert Hass...


E-ISBN-13: 9780819574152
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819574145

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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