Inland : poems / by Pamela Alexander.

Author
Alexander, Pamela, 1948- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 1997.
Description
68 pages ; 21 cm.

Details

Series
Iowa poetry prize. [More in this series]
Summary note
  • Pamela Alexander's poetry is characterized by inventive language, scrupulous accuracy of imagery, and a winning fusion of the comic and the deeply serious. Her subjects vary as widely as her settings, which range from the New Hampshire woods to the Arizona desert. A family life eccentric to the point of chaos, close observations of wildlife, and coastal sailing are among the poet's topics.
  • Despite this variety, Inland has an emerging organization that suggests a kind of plot. The family is left behind in the way that families of origin always are, revealed fully only in perspective.
  • The longest poem here, "Swallowing the Anchor" (the title is the sailors' term for giving up the sea), is also the most directly personal. It closes the section of the book in which the poet comes to terms with losses, including the death of a loved one. She does this with grace - and her wit is not jokes, her poignancy is not sentimentality.
Contents
  • Down on the Farm
  • Impromptu
  • Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor
  • Mt. Auburn Owl
  • Jugglebirds Abroad
  • Seminar
  • From the Book of Foxes
  • My Mother and the Myriad Things
  • Soon
  • Manners
  • My Brother's Back
  • Nots
  • Accidentals
  • Fogbow
  • Souvenir
  • Mt. Pinatubo
  • Fortune
  • Look Here
  • Northeast Suite
  • Origin
  • Passage with Owls
  • Slip
  • Ease
  • Spill
  • Bog at Black Pond
  • Understory.
ISBN
0877455821 (pbk. : alk. paper)
LCCN
96051675
OCLC
36008633
RCP
C - S
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