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Ascending Order

By William Greenway

Publication Year: 2003

Ascending Order is the work of a poet in midcareer who has thought hard about the circumstances of his past and present, and found an attitude, part concerned and part amused, that serves him well in both his life and his art. The poems in William Greenway’s new book range widely, from memories of childhood and family through meditations on works of art, from humourous topics such as the cars in Hell’s garage or a dead celebrity golf tournament to deep-felt contemplations of cultures American and otherwise or the ailments of middle age and the shadows of mortality. But whether the subjects are serious or playful, the rich vision and inventive language displayed in these poems are Greenway’s alone.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

I The Dead Go on Before Us

My Father, Driving South

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pp. 3-

Lamb of God, Inc.

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pp. 4-

I Have Chosen You out of the World

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pp. 5-

Deadbeats

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pp. 6-

A Woman Brought to Child

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pp. 9-10

If Thou Hadst Been Here, My Brother Had Not Died

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pp. 11-12

The Second Verse

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pp. 13-14

The Child Suicides

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pp. 15-16

Them

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pp. 17-

Resurrections

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pp. 18-

The Dead Go on Before Us

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pp. 19-

Author of the Year

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pp. 20-22

II Running the Body

Cupidity

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pp. 25-

Needles

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pp. 26-27

Still Life with Chili and Onions

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pp. 28-29

Lust at Christmas

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pp. 30-

My Pills

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pp. 31-

The End of Loving

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pp. 32-

Greek to Me

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pp. 33-34

Aesop at Sixty

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pp. 35-

Tests

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pp. 36-

Sugar

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pp. 37-

Breedlove

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pp. 38-

Running the Body

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pp. 39-40

III Ascending Order

Mississippi Moon

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pp. 43-44

The Poet, Calling the Kettle Black

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pp. 45-

The Punishment of Days

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pp. 46-

Priscilla

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pp. 47-48

The Last Annual Dead Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament

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pp. 49-50

Prostrate

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pp. 51-

Ascending Order

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pp. 52-

Dreaming Gone with the Wind

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pp. 53-54

Hell’s Garage

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pp. 55-56

Flock

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pp. 57-

The Tire of Babel

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pp. 58-

Dead Mouse Car

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pp. 59-

Climbing Mount Wilson

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pp. 60-61

Waiting in the Flu Line

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pp. 62-64

IV Man Goeth to His Long Home

Natural History

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pp. 67-68

In the National Gallery

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pp. 69-70

Michelangelo’s Erection

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pp. 71-

The Toilets of Cathedrals

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pp. 72-73

Tyson’s Pygmy

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pp. 74-

The Leg of Mutton Nude

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pp. 75-77

First Impression

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pp. 78-

Ennui

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pp. 79-80

Man Goeth to His Long Home

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pp. 81-82

White Buildings by Water with Steps Going Down

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pp. 83-84

V Fell Walking in Long Light

Stick Figures in a Landscape

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pp. 87-88

Halloween in Wales

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pp. 89-90

Pennyhitch Hill

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pp. 91-92

Before the Fire

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pp. 93-

The Celtic Men’s Club

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pp. 94-

Ponies on the Skyline

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pp. 95-96

O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music

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pp. 97-

Fell Walking in Long Light

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pp. 98-

Toad’s Wild Ride

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pp. 99-100

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About

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William Greenway, a native of Georgia with a B.A. from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. from Tulane University, is professor of English at Youngstown State University. He has published four full-length collections of poetry, most recently Simmer Dim in the Akron Series in Poetry. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781935603801
E-ISBN-10: 1935603809
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968034
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968039

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2003

Series Title: Akron Series in Poetry
Series Editor Byline: Elton Glaser, Editor