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New and Selected Poems

Marjory Wentworth

Publication Year: 2014

New and Selected Poems includes more than fifty poems from Marjory Wentworth’s previous three collections, Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, plus twenty-eight new poems. This collection serves as a capstone to Wentworth’s tenure as South Carolina poet laureate, a title she has held since 2003. Thematically Wentworth’s poems invite us to view nature as a site of reflection and healing, to consider the power of familial bonds and friendships, and to broaden our awareness of human rights and social justice. Regional settings appear throughout, indicative of Wentworth’s commitment to represent her adopted home state of South Carolina in her work. She skillfully employs a variety of forms, from prose poems to sonnets to elegies to list poems, making for a varied and interesting trek through this “best of” collection of her poems to date. This collection includes a foreword by the poet Carol Ann Davis, author of Psalm and Atlas Hour and assistant professor of English at Fairfield University.

Published by: University of South Carolina Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

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Foreword

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pp. xiii-xviii

In poetry circles it has become de riguer to quote William Carlos Williams’ famous lines, but how relevant his sentiment still is, given our common experience of so much “news” passing by us unexamined, reckoned with momentarily or not at all...

Poems from Noticing Eden

In the Dream of the Sea

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pp. 3-4

Barrier Island

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Carolina Umbra

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Wild Plums

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The Nest of Stars

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Beach Walk

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Lament

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Toward the Sea

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Hurricane Season

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pp. 15-16

How the Yellow Angels Hunger

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pp. 17-19

Core Banks, North Carolina

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Findhorn

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pp. 21-22

The Color of Rain

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River

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pp. 24-25

Irises

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Bamboo

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pp. 27-

The Unkempt Garden

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Homecoming

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pp. 29-30

The Coming Light

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pp. 31-32

Near the Doorway

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pp. 33-34

Poems from Despite Gravity

Tangled

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pp. 37-

Linthong

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pp. 38-40

Sand

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pp. 41-42

Strip Search

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pp. 43-

Dancing Barefoot in Atlanta

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pp. 44-

The Last Night

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pp. 45-46

Apparent Tranquility

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pp. 47-

Slate

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pp. 48-49

Sierra Snow

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The Sound of Snow

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Newlyweds

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A Normal Life

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pp. 53-54

Japanese Landscape

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pp. 55-

Spring

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pp. 56-57

On All Sides Water

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pp. 58-59

Sandur

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pp. 60-

Despite Gravity

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pp. 61-62

Poems from The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle

What Shines

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pp. 65-

What If

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pp. 66-

What Passes

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pp. 67-

What Remains

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pp. 68-

Old Burial Hill

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pp. 69-70

Charleston Rooftops

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pp. 71-72

Boat People

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pp. 73-74

In Gaza’s Berry Fields

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pp. 75-76

Nocturne 2006

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pp. 77-78

What the Shrine Wants

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pp. 79-

Illuminata

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pp. 80-81

Nothing Can Contain You

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pp. 82-

Pine Pitch

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pp. 83-84

Spaghetti

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pp. 85-86

My Quaker Grandmothers

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pp. 87-88

Stillborn

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pp. 89-

Annunciation

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pp. 90-91

Seeking

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pp. 92-

Spring Island, South Carolina

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pp. 93-94

New Poems

Family Reunion

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pp. 97-98

The Christmas Apron

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pp. 99-

Corene

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pp. 100-

Easter Worry

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pp. 101-

Intersection Where the Rain Begins

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pp. 102-

Where a Mirage Has Once Been, Life Must Be

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pp. 103-

When All the Branches Overlap

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pp. 104-

A Place for You

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pp. 105-106

The Weight It Takes

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pp. 107-108

As Dreams Unwind

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pp. 109-

The Top of the World

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pp. 110-111

Daybreak, John’s Island, South Carolina

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pp. 112-

Snow in the South

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pp. 113-114

Forgotten

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pp. 115-

In Sorrow and Sunlight

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pp. 116-

The Art of Memory

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pp. 117-118

Winter Light

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pp. 119-

February Triptych

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pp. 120-

The Stones Beneath Our Feet

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pp. 121-

Summer Dirge

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pp. 122-

Undertow

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pp. 123-

Counting Scars

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pp. 124-126

Brainstorming

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pp. 127-128

A Sisyphean Task

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pp. 129-

A Monstrous Terrible Story

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pp. 130-133

Rain Coming From a Bright Sky

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pp. 134-136

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The Philosophy of Gardening

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pp. 137-138

Wearing a white tank T-shirt tucked into black pants, Tony walks in circles around the edges of the garden. Pausing at the fence, he writes down everything he needs to do. All day, his wife Kasha scrubs floors and fills the clothesline suspended...

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Manacles

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pp. 139-140

Little boys like to dig holes and play with weapons. Like it or not, there’s no stopping this. It keeps them busy for hours. I watch my sons from the window of the renovated gate house where we live. Where we live, gate house is a fancy way of saying...

Louisiana’s Disappearing Chains

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pp. 141-142

Teen Wears Pet Bird Like a Hat

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pp. 143-

Runaway Cow Tracked Down in Germany

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pp. 144-145

Police Say Roving Cows Drank Backyard Brews

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pp. 146-

The Way Sound Travels

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pp. 147-

In My Light Year

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pp. 148-150

Notes and Acknowledgments

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pp. 151-153


E-ISBN-13: 9781611173239
E-ISBN-10: 161117323X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781611173222

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Palmetto Poetry Series