Lifelines : Selected Poems 1950-1999

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With an economy of line and focus on nature that has deep roots in the New England traditions of Thoreau and Robert Frost, Philip Booth writes poetry that evokes crystalline images of sea, woods, and fields and explores the timeless themes of love, uncertainty, and responsibility. With many of Booth's early works now out of print, Lifelines presents a unique opportunity to become reacquainted with one of the major voices in contemporary American more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138.9 x 214.4 x 20.8mm | 393.14g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140589260
  • 9780140589269
  • 1,692,636

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In the long shadow of Robert Frost -- at whose feet he literally sat as a student -- Philip Booth speaks from a deep-rooted sense of place, of how one lives and finds oneself among others, and of otherness. Lifelines brings together resonances from fifty years' writing -- not least his love of Thoreau -- and includes a significant number of new, previously unpublished poems. His poems have appeared in most of the major journals in this country and have been widely anthologized. From lyrics of sea, woods, and fields to lines on love, uncertainty, and responsibility, this is a monumental opus from a master of descriptive more

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"Anyone who cares about poetry knows his work ... his allegiance to the real, his swerving toward the philosophical, his refusal to back away from the edge. . . . Booth's subtle, refined portraits somehow reveal the lives he enters without invading them".-- The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

About Philip Booth

The poet Philip Booth (1925 2007) was first published in book form by Viking s legendary editorial advisor Malcolm Cowley in 1950. His numerous books of poetry included Letters from a Distant Land, The Islanders, Weather and Edges, Margins, Available Light, Before Sleep, Relations, Selves, Pairs, and Lifelines: Selected Poems 1950 1999. Booth was a fellow of the American Academy of Poets."show more

Table of contents

LifelinesI. from Letter From A Distant Land Nightsong First Lesson Shag Chart 1203 Storm in a Formal Garden Letter from a Distant Land II. from The Islanders The Second Noon Was a Man These Men The Tower Sea-Change The Islanders III. from Weathers And Edges The Day of the Tide Fairy Tale Cleaning Out the Garage Denying the Day's Mile After the Thresher Deer Isle Tenants' Harbor IV. from Margins Crosstrees To Chekhov Lines from an Orchard Once Surveyed by Thoreau Supposition with Qualification Thanksgiving Hard Country Labrador River V. from Available Light Entry Stove A Late Spring: Eastport The Way Tide Comes Adding It Up Wear Dreamscape A Dream of Russia How to See Deer The Incredible Yachts Prides Crosssing It Is Being Ways Word Natural History Graffito Strip Lives VI. from Before Sleep Not to Tell Lies Aside from the life Words for the Room In this gray depression Falling Apart Flinching Noam was in intensive care Of Whales and Men: 1864 A Slow Breaker Recall His nurse, at bedside Fog Nothing is sure Rates Generation The Young We used to say Dragging Durward: setting his trawl Poem for the Turn of the Century When the nurse Calendar The dark comes down Ossipee: November Ord kept asking Syntax Nothing is given Old Man No matter how I feel Mary's, After Dinner Thinking About Hannah Arendt This Day After Yesterday Gathering Greens Lichens Thoreau Near Home Tree Nursery All night the wind The Valley Road By self-definition Eaton's Boatyard Nothing is more than Building Her Nothing answers Dayrise Given this day Before Sleep The House in the Trees VII. from Relations To Think Growing Up in Kankakee Public Broadcast Dreamboat Procession A Man in Maine Small Town Beyond Equinox Fire on the Island Species Over Antarctica Stonington Table Saying It After the Rebuilding Evening A Two Inch Wave Relations VIII. from Selves Garden Zeros Game Civilities Fallback Calling Heading Out Rule One Among Houses Dark Directions Sixty Seeing Words Made from Letters Marches Provisions Thanksgiving Presence IX. from Pairs First Night Requiescat: Western Union Navigation Prepositions Looking Places Without Names Backcountry Pairs Talk About Walking Linesquall Terms Hope Half-Life Outlook Hand Alba Sixty-three Chances Reawakening in New England Fog-Talk Seventy X. Lifelines Long Afternoons in Dakota Lifetimes Hot 5th of July Views Late Wakings Recallings The Man Who Lost His Wife An Old Airman Who Knows Who He Was Coming To Writing It Down Ageless Minutes Identification Within Narrow Road, Presidents' Day Reach Road: In Medias Res Again, the Solstice Passage Without Ritesshow more

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