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Circles on the Water (1982) [Collection]
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Usually the voice of the poem is mine. The experiences, however, are not always mine, and although my major impulse to autobiography has played itself out in poems rather than novels, I have never made a distinction between working up my own experiences and other people's. When I am writing, I am not aware of the difference, to be honest. I suppose that is why I have never considered myself a confessional poet. In either case, I am often pushing the experience beyond realism.


    From Breaking Camp
    • Kneeling at the pipes
    • Visiting a dead man on a summer day
    • Girl in white
    • Noon of the sunbather
    • A valley where I don't belong
    • S. dead
    • Hallow Eve with spaces for ghosts
    • Landed fish
    • A few ashes for Sunday morning
    • Concerning the mathematician
    • Postcard from the garden
    • The cats of Greece
    • Sign
    • A married walk in a hot place
    • The Peaceable Kingdom
    • Gasman invites he skyscrapers to dance
    • The skyscrapers of the financial district dance with Gasman
    • Breaking Camp
  • From Hard Loving
    • Walking into love
    • Community
    • The Neighbor
    • The friend
    • The morning half-life blues
    • Erasure
    • The cyclist
    • Juan's twilight dance
    • Learning experience
    • Half past home
    • Simple-song
    • For Jeriann's hands
    • I am a light you could read by
    • Crabs
    • Trajectory of the traveling Susan
    • The butt of winter
    • Bronchitis on the 14th floor
    • The death of the small commune
    • The track of the master builder
    • Why the soup tastes like the Daily News
    • Curse of the earth magician on a metal land
  • From 4-Telling
    • Letter to be disguised as a gas bill
    • Sojourners
    • Under the grind
    • Somehow
    • Never-never
    • Ache's end
  • From To Be of Use
    • A work of artifice
    • What you waited for
    • The secretary chant
    • Night letter
    • In the men's room(s)
    • The nuisance
    • I will not be your sickness
    • The thrifty lover
    • A shadow play for guilt
    • Song of the fucked duck
    • A just anger
    • The crippling
    • Right-thinking man
    • Barbie doll
    • Hello up there
    • High frequency
    • The woman in the ordinary
    • Unlearning to not speak
    • Women's laughter
    • Burying blues for Janis
    • The best defense is offensive
    • Icon
    • Some collisions bring luck
    • We become new
    • Meetings like hungry beaks
    • To be of use
    • Bridging
    • Doing it differently
    • The spring offensive of the snail
    • Councils
    • Laying down the tower
      • The queen of pentacles
      • The overturning of the tower
      • The nine of cups
      • The knight of swords
      • The eight of swords
      • The seven of pentacles
      • The magician
      • The three of cups
      • The emperor
      • The judgment
      • The sun
  • From Living in the open
    • Living in the open
    • I awoke with the room cold
    • Gracious goodness
    • Homesick
    • Seedlings in the mail
    • The daily life of the worker bee
    • Cod summer
    • A proposal for recycling wastes
    • The bumpity road to mutual devotion
    • On Castle Hill
    • From Sands Road
      • 7. The development
      • 8. The road behind the last dune
    • Rough times
    • Phyllis wounded
    • Rape poem
    • The consumer
    • The provocation of the dream
    • Looking at quilts
    • To the pay toilet
    • All clear
    • Unclench yourself
    • The homely war
  • From The Twelve-spoked Wheel Flashing
    • The twelve-spoked wheel flashing
    • What the owl sees
    • The Greater Grand Rapids lover
    • The Lansing bad penny come again blues
    • The poet dreams of a nice warm motel
    • Skimpy day at the solstice
    • The market economy
    • The love of lettuce
    • Martha as the angel Gabriel
    • Snow in May
    • The window of the woman burning
    • Going in
    • Athena in the front lines
    • The root canal
    • Doors in the wind and the water
    • You ask why sometimes I say stop
    • Smalley Bar
    • For Shoshana Rihn -- Pat Swinton
    • In the wet
    • Crows
    • If they come in the night
    • At the core
    • Beauty I would suffer for
    • A gift of light
  • From The Moon is Always Female
    • The inside chance
    • Night flight
    • Excursions, incursions
    • Apologies
    • The long death
    • The castoff
    • Rainy 4th
    • Attack of the squash people
    • Intruding
    • September afternoon at four o'clock
    • Morning athletes
    • Cats like angels
    • For strong women
    • For the young who want to
    • Hand games
    • Right to life
    • Shadows of the burning
    • The sabbath of mutual respect
    • The perpetual migration
    • The longest night
    • Crescent moon like a canoe
  • Seven New Poems
    • It breaks
    • What's that smell in the kitchen
    • Wind is the wall of the year
    • Laoco÷n is the name of the figure
    • Snow, snow
    • Digging in
    • Let us gather at the river

Original title: Circles on the Water
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Circles on the Water (1982)
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Language: English

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Circles on the Water (May 12, 1982)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0394707796
Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 1.0
Pages: 320

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