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Alive Together (1996) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In a collection that represents over thirty-five years of her writing life, this distinguished poet explores a wide range of subjects, which include her cultural and family history and reflect her fascination with music and the discoveries offered by language. In fact, her book is a testament to the miraculous power of language to interpret and transform our world. It is a testament that invites readers to share her vision of experiences we all have in common: sorrow, tenderness, desire, the revelations of art, and mortality - "the hard, dry smack of death against the glass." To this community Mueller presents moments after moment where the personal and public realms intersect, where lives ranging from her own to those of Mary Shelley and Anton Webern illuminate the ways in which history shapes our lives. In "Brendel Playing Schubert," Mueller's breathtaking linguistic virtuosity reminds us how music can transport us out of ourselves and into "the nowhere where the enchanted live"; in "Midwinter Notes," the crepuscular world, stripped of its veil, shines forth as a signal from some realm where the sense of things may be revealed. In the title piece Mueller brings a sense of enduring and unclouded wonder to a recognition of all those whose lives might have been our own.

Contents:

  • New Poems
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Place and Time
    • Immortality
    • Losing My Sight
    • An Unanswered Question
    • Eyes and Ears
    • Paper-White Narcissus
    • Midwinter Notes
    • Pillar of Salt
    • Statues
    • The Laughter of Women
    • Pigeons
    • Imaginary Paintings
    • Things
    • Tears
    • Mirrors
    • An Afterlife
    • Heartland
    • American Literature
    • Silence and Dancing
    • The Late-Born Daughters
    • Happy and Unhappy Families I
    • Happy and Unhappy Families II
    • Reader
    • Animals Are Entering Our Lives
    • Why I Need the Birds
    • A Short History of the Rose
    • In November
    • Night Voyage: A Dream
    • Captivity
  • From Dependencies (1965)
    • The Blind Leading the Blind
    • In the Thriving Season
    • The Power of Music to Disturb
    • On Finding a Bird's Bones in the Woods
    • Cicadas
    • The Mermaid
    • Moon Fishing
    • A Grackle Observed
    • The Lonesome Dream
    • The Queen of Sheba Says Farewell
    • Figure for a Landscape
    • "O Brave New World, That Hath Such People in It"
    • In Memory of Anton Webern, Dead September 15, 1945
  • From The Private Life (1976)
    • Whoever You Are: A Letter
    • Small Poem About the Hounds and the Hares
    • Reading the Brothers Grimm to Jenny
    • Highway Poems
    • The Fall of the Muse
    • The Biographer
    • January Afternoon, with Billie Holiday
    • Life of a Queen
    • Alive Together
    • My Grandmother's Gold Pin
    • On Reading an Anthology of Postwar German Poetry
    • What the Dog Perhaps Hears
    • Palindrome
    • Snow
    • The Private Life
    • The Late News
    • A Nude by Edward Hopper
    • In Praise of Surfaces
    • Naming the Animals
    • Love like Salt
    • The Concert
    • A Farewell, a Welcome
    • Hope
    • Letter from the End of the World
  • From The Need to Hold Still (1980)
    • For a Thirteenth Birthday
    • Another Version
    • Drawings by Children
    • Fiction
    • Sometimes, When the Light
    • Beginning with 1914
    • Talking to Helen
    • Daughter
    • Merce Cunningham and the Birds
    • Not Only the Eskimos
    • Found in the Cabbage Patch
    • One More Hymn to the Sun
    • The Cook
    • Picking Raspberries
    • The Need to Hold Still
    • Voices from the Forest
    • The Triumph of Life: Mary Shelley
    • The Story
    • The Artist's Model, ca. 1912
    • The End of Science Fiction
    • What Will You Do
    • Why We Tell Stories
  • From Second Language (1986)
    • Necessities
    • Voyager
    • Bread and Apples
    • The Garden
    • Blood Oranges
    • Your Tired, Your Poor
    • Identical Twins
    • Southpaw
    • After Whistler
    • The Questioning
    • Widow
    • The Exhibit
    • Letter to California
    • Metaphor
    • Storm
    • Accommodations
    • or the Strangers
    • Up North
    • Scenic Route
    • Reasons for Numbers
    • The Possessive Case
    • Stalking the Poem
    • Monet Refuses the Operation
    • What Is Left to Say
    • There Are Mornings
    • Fugitive
    • A Day like Any Other
    • Into Space
  • From Waving from Shore (1989)
    • Missing the Dead
    • When I Am Asked
    • Joy
    • Cavalleria Rusticana
    • Magnolia
    • Visiting My Native Country with My American-Born Husband
    • Late Hours
    • Poem for My Birthday
    • Bedtime Story
    • Virtuosi
    • Three Poems About the Voiceless
    • Epilepsy, Petit Mal
    • Paul Delvaux: The Village of the Mermaids
    • Aphasia
    • Mary
    • After Your Death
    • All Night
    • The Deaf Dancing to Rock
    • Film Script
    • Triage
    • Muse
    • Slides
    • Brendel Playing Schubert
    • Romantics
    • Nocturne

Original title: Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
Original languages: English

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Alive Together (1996)
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Language: English

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Alive Together (1996)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
ISBN: 9780807121276
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.9 x 1
Pages: 223

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