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Arm in Arm: Poems

By author: Catharine Savage Brosman
Product Code: P639
ISBN: 9780881468311
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Availability: In stock
Price: $19.00

With its broad range of vision and mastery of poetic technique, ARM IN ARM shows again why Catharine Savage Brosman is, as Claude Wilkinson wrote, one of America's finest poets. Her wit, powers of observation, and depth of feeling are displayed on page after page, as she looks at the world personally, phenomenologically (in food and flower poems, for instance), and spiritually. Historical figures including Alexander Mackenzie, Samuel Coleridge, Kit Carson, and Grace King rub elbows with imaginative creations such as "Old Mr. Chauvin" from the Louisiana bayou country. Landscapes in "Annapurna," "Great Wind," and elsewhere attest to the poet's evocative powers, as topography is paralleled by landscapes of the mind, arising from the real, but multivalent, with subtle shadings and emotions. "My scattered thoughts / collect, ruminate a moment with the pronghorns, / then fly off . . ." Each of three parts concludes by a series: "Fourteen Modern Poems in the Chinese Manner" (a new departure), "Six War Poems," among Brosman's finest, concerned with the two world wars, and "From The Hours of Catherine de Cleves," fourteen poems on saints, illuminating poems elsewhere on the burdens of humankind and evils of history. Friendship and love add light everywhere. A beloved figure appears in the title poem through "copper clouds at sunset"; the joy of marriage is evoked in an epithalamium; empathy resonates in sonnets for a poet-friend; girls, young and old, take in museums or drive, carefree, in a yellow Mustang; and the ideal radiates through "shimmering rainbow mesas" ("A Note to One Deceased").
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