Turn the Wheel

Turn the Wheel

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  • Hardback | 88 pages
  • 146 x 214 x 12mm | 258.55g
  • Humana Press Inc.
  • Totowa, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2003 ed.
  • VIII, 88 p.
  • 1588293203
  • 9781588293206

Review quote

Praise for Turn the Wheel: The news that stays news is the modus operandi of Turn the Wheel: bracing, smart, tight, perfectly greased works, luminous and poignant by turn. I enjoy Cope's stretch from familial to sublime and his consummate poet's generous heart. The songs keep churning and turning after the pages do their turn. "I send you this wish where tender petals turn, open in both darkness and light." -Anne Waldman "David Cope's poetry reaches into true silence and from that place within himself derives its indelible sanity of gothic dreams, direct musicality, sustained multiple resonance, objectivist heart, vernacular ear. His work is a paradox of detached lyricism confronting the abysses of his soul. Like old Shakyamuni Buddha living anonymous civilian life to its fullest in debacle America, turning the wheel of U.S. Dharma, Cope visualizes the path of emptiness and great resting in awakened nature." -Jim Cohnshow more

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Acclaimed poet David Cope's fifth collection, Turn the Wheel, opens with a lean dawn, farewell to old loves and challenges to new, past sorrows and tenderness filling the older poet's dreams, tender petals for calm crossing. Here too is ground zero struggle for compassion, lost worlds in the valley of the sun, finale a broken note, herons under the jetliner's blast path near the shaking train stuffed with its cargo of dead dreams.show more

Table of contents

Owashtanong Sunrise millennial blues Lost Loves the white-bristled sallow face in the photo Owashtanong Sunrise to you who dream Fran the reception Empire of Sorrows Solihull to Marylebone The Fourth Turn the Wheel planting salvia & marigolds in rain, Ghazal of the High Plateau Frankie's Blues dried leaves flashing before full moon Yeah, an' here he was, 'La Goulue' Considers His Lines the passing shapes when they were younger Tender Petals for Calm Crossing Lear by lanternlight The Abyss Reading the Signs My Bike Waking Ophelia The Gift Her memory comes that she can After the snowstorm Shattered The dharma at last Cross-eyed farewell The Disappearing Sages The People Themselves as the dryers rolled The Michigan Dead at Sharpsburg Traffic Backup, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Road The People Themselves After Du Bellay Clearing the Gazebo Roof Out thru the eye beyond the stars the years in a wink on the moonlit road the distorted mirror Gone (as you are) ground zero Blue Notes for New York In Silence L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle Anthrax'd Bomb Fragments, Body Parts, ER Saturday Night Whaddya get Blinding snow freeway rush hour Gone (as you are) The Broken Note In a Sentimental Mood Madadeyo in dreams Ancient of Days Dreaming: Valley of the Sun Canyon Rim to Hopi Point by Moonlight Passover Blood Market After Ronsard Emile at the Crossroad The Broken Noteshow more