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Zorba's Daughter

poems

Elisabeth Murawski

Publication Year: 2010

In Zorba's Daughter, the 14th volume in the Swenson Poetry Award series, Elisabeth Murawski speaks from a vital and unique sensibility, finding in ordinary images an opening to the passion of human courage in the face of deep existential pain and ambivalence. These poems awaken our joy as well as guilt, our hope as well as grief. They often evoke a sorrowful music, like the voice of mourning, but even in pointing to "the black holes of heaven," Murawski turns our gaze upward.

Zorba's Daughter was selected for the Swenson Award by the distinguished poet Grace Schulman. An icon of the literary scene, Schulman is acclaimed for her searching, highly original, lyric poetry, as well as for her teaching and her influential tenure as the poetry editor at The Nation, (1971-2006). Harold Bloom calls her "one of the permanent poets of her generation." Richard Howard says, "she is a torch."

Published by: Utah State University Press

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Contents

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pp. vii-ix

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xiii

I heard music, anonymous and sublime, throughout my reading of the finalist manuscripts in this poetry contest. I wondered how to choose one of them when I wanted to award, or at least thank, a number of writers for letting me enjoy their vitality and skill. Then...

One

Zorba’s Daughter

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pp. 3-

On Arriving and Departing

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pp. 4-

Normal: A Surgical Lovesong

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pp. 5-

Safeway Via Dolorosa

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pp. 6-7

The Interview

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pp. 8-

Windy City

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pp. 9-

The Living Room, My Sister Wrote, Had Seven Windows

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pp. 10-

Before the Air Became the Journey

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pp. 11-12

Home Burial Scene

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pp. 13-

Wedding Fall-out

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pp. 14-

Chicago Spelling Bee Championship

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pp. 15-16

Puella

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pp. 17-

The Moon Academy

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pp. 18-

The Fish

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pp. 19-20

Blue Lady

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pp. 21-

The Potato Lovers

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pp. 22-

Prize

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pp. 23-

For the Cat Anthony

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pp. 24-25

Dusky

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pp. 26-

On Forgiving the Great Price

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pp. 27-

Frightened by Italy

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pp. 28-

Two

Hatteras Lighthouse

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pp. 31-

Arms

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pp. 32-

Zone

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pp. 33-

Camille Claudel at Large

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pp. 34-

In an Elizabethan Garden

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pp. 35-

Mosque

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pp. 36-37

Mourning Doves

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pp. 38-

The Trap

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pp. 39-41

Not to Be

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pp. 42-

Leda in the Park

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pp. 43-

Italian Evening

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pp. 44-

Almost Naomi

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pp. 45-

I Lose My Way to Your House

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Of a Feather

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pp. 47-

Virus

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pp. 48-

Meditation, the Morning After

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pp. 49-

Unrequited

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The Proposal

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Two Poets: A Sequel

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pp. 52-

Grooming

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pp. 53-

Three

Metaphysical

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pp. 57-

Long After Dark at the Church Carnival

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pp. 58-

On Hearing a Lecture on Stars

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pp. 59-

The Chapel That Tempted O’Keeffe to Become a Catholic

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pp. 60-

At the Smallest National Cemetery, Balls Bluff, VA

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pp. 61-

Planes

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pp. 62-

Key of Heaven

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pp. 63-64

All the Things I Couldn’t Say

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pp. 65-

Creche

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pp. 66-67

Sculpture: The Young Acrobat

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pp. 68-

Small Fires—Nagasaki

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pp. 69-

Lullaby of the Train

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pp. 70-

One Eye

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pp. 71-

Child in Art Therapy

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pp. 72-

This Way, That Way

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pp. 73-

At Risk

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pp. 74-75

Pretending in the Shower to be Blind

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pp. 76-

Patient

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pp. 77-78

After the Flower

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pp. 80-

Vanishing Point(s)

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pp. 81-

Glass

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pp. 82-

Thoughts on St. Agatha

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pp. 83-84

Earth Day

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pp. 85-

Note from a Train

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pp. 86-

On the High Speed Train to Vendome, I See a Woman Who Looks Like Madame Cezanne

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pp. 87-88

Phrygian

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pp. 89-

Acknowledgments

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pp. 90-91

About the Author

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pp. 92-

The May Swenson Poetry Award

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pp. 93-


E-ISBN-13: 9780874217971
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874217964

Page Count: 93
Publication Year: 2010

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