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After the point of no return / David Wagoner.

Wagoner, David, (author.).
Book Book (c2012.)
Description: x, 131 p. ; 23 cm.
Publisher: Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2012.
3 of 3 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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North Shore - Danvers Campus Stacks PS 3545 .A345 A69 2012 (Text to Phone) Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781556593826 (pbk.) :
  • ISBN: 1556593821 (pbk.) :
General Note: Poetry.
Contents: After the point of no return -- A brief history -- The ends of my fingers -- The fun house -- Convivium -- Driving -- In the Congregational basement -- Kissing cousins -- A footnote to the history of the New York Central Railroad -- My father's body -- My lost uncles -- Onstage -- Walking along the beach with a five year old -- Pleasant dreams -- For my daughters during their first penumbrial eclipse -- Playground -- The boy who ran away from me -- A letter to an old poet -- How to live -- Writing for money -- That night in London -- The hazards of serenading -- Preaching to the choir -- Breakfast with salesmen before the poetry reading -- On being asked once more what a poem is -- Being a model -- On the persistence of metaphor -- Long overdue praise for her -- Orpheus practicing -- Listening -- Signing -- Never let your characters sit down -- At the farewell performance of Henry Ellsworth Robinson, the magician known as Ching Ling Soo -- Before the poetry reading -- Striking the set -- Aristotle comes to a conclusion -- Going back to the sea -- Ashes -- By a pond -- By a creek -- The cherry tree -- In a greenhouse -- Rain dance in a rain forest -- Dust devil -- Your tree -- Meeting a stranger -- Panic -- Among brambles -- Foxhole -- Photographing snakes -- What the marine biologist told me -- Thoreau and the mud turtle -- Thoreau and the loose cow -- Thoreau and the lightning -- The fly -- At the ostrich farm -- Pig dance -- The last good hour of a worker bee -- The dead -- This is only a test -- Marksmanship -- Under fire -- At dawn on the fifth of July -- Fighting the blizzard -- Rooming with Jesus -- Running the four hundred meters -- Life class -- Overheard at dinner in the home of a recent widow -- The minutes of the last meeting -- A preface to the history of chairs -- By the empty stone -- Pounding swords into ploughshares -- The salute -- Instructions for the caretaker -- On the road -- A zodiac for the twenty-second century -- The bitter end -- Lost in thought on an extension ladder -- Off balance -- The first law of thermodynamics -- The general theory -- Falling into place -- Helping the home patient fall asleep -- A cold call -- In memory of his memory -- Coolness under fire -- Our bodies -- For their second childhood -- In the nursing home -- The name -- A beginner's guide to death.
Summary: For more than fifty years, and twenty-four books of poetry, the author has nourished his readers with vivid poems of place and personhood. Here in this collection he reflects on youth, love, regret, and expectation versus reality. He finds wonder in the world of the senses and memory as he reveals the melodies of an ancient rainforest, remembers boyhood rituals, or captures the swift movement of a fox at the edge of vision. At the same time that he celebrates abundance, he mourns its loss, as hard-driving forces converge to annihilate nature and memory.
Citation: Wagoner, David. "After the point of no return." Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, 2012.

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