Fiddle LaneBook - 1991
In one poem, a boy's tormented, guilty dreams keep him "revolving painfully on the spit of sleep." In another, an ailing mother, "the ruin of her mind... infinite," recites poetry she learned as a schoolgirl for a son she does not recognize. A small child loses her beloved brother to death. With varying degrees of reluctance, youths undergo rites of passage that include hunting, football practice, J-stripping, and ice-skating. ("Life will be like this," one observes). Other poems draw on stories from Hebrew, Greek, and Hindu creation myths. And familiar lines from well-known poets are woven together in a humorous poem that satirizes dust jacket blurbs ("An unbarbaric yawp."-- Walt Whitman).
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