On Retirement

On Retirement : 75 Poems

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In the decade ahead, more than 80 million Americans will reach the age of retirement and face what Robin Chapman and Judith Strasser call "the unnerving question, What next?" Indeed, according to the Social Security Administration, the number of Americans sixty-five or older will nearly double between 2000 and 2030. As more people approach retirement, they too will wonder what lies ahead. This superb collection includes poems by men and women ranging in age from their fifties to their eighties and hailing from different cities, regions, and countries. The entire range of emotions and literary perspectives is represented here, whether the specter of death in Doug Anderson's "Sixty-One" or a sly grin in Roger Pfingston's "Retired." Each poet - whether retired or just contemplating retirement - greets the prospect of this new chapter of life differently. George Bilgere purchases the complete works of Verdi and extravagant silk shirts, while Denise Levertov contemplates life alone. Alicia Ostriker implores readers to "keep on fighting, keep up the good work," and Alberto Rios recalls a lost love. However we contemplate retirement, this volume will illuminate the careful thoughts of those who have faced these questions before us.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 204.12g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 158729527X
  • 9781587295270

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This collection is a magnificent entree to a season of life when time is at once bountiful and limited, is taken and surrendered, has been invested and withdrawn. Some of these voices say that time is leaden and some say it flies, and all are resolute in facing the arc of life s course. Dave Ekerdt, director, Gerontology Center, University of Kansas"show more

About Robin Chapman

Robin Chapman is professor emerita of communicative disorders at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is the author of three books and five chapbooks of poetry, including The Way In and Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos, both winners of the Posner Poetry Award. Judith Strasser retired in 1999 from her position as senior producer and interviewer for To the Best of Our Knowledge, the nationally syndicated NPR program. Since her retirement, she has published a memoir, Black Eye: Escaping a Marriage, Writing a Life; a poetry collection, The Reason/Unreason Project, which won the Lewis-Clark Press Expedition Award; and a chapbook.show more

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