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Saving Daylight

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Named to the Notable Books of the Year lists from "The Kansas City Star" and the Michigan Library Association.

"Jim Harrison is a writer with immortality in him."--"The Times" (London)

"This is [Harrison's] most robust, sure-footed, and blood-raising poetry collection to date."--"Booklist"

Jim Harrison--one of America's most beloved writers--calls his poetry "the true bones o
ebook, 124 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Copper Canyon Press (first published 2006)
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Apr 17, 2007 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this guy. He's me with different plumbing.
Jan 16, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2014
I am a huge fan of Jim Harrison's poetry and prose. I don't think this is his strongest book of poetry, but it's still enormously satisfying. It touches on the usual Harrison themes - nature, dogs, women, lust, human idiocy, war, aging. A couple of the poems are published in both Spanish and English and one poem is a translation of Neruda. The title poem, in particular, struck me this week as we move our clocks forward amidst ignorance. It is poetry of the hard-lived, the rough and tumble, and t ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I've fallen in love with Jim Harrison's poetry in recent years... the originality of image, the clarity of feeling, the strength of actual life sensibility. Extra tip: I also adore the food writing he's been publishing in Brick. It keeps leaving me agog, each time I read one of these essays. Appetite for larger life runs through everything Harrison does.
Apr 05, 2008 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these poems are lovely, stirring, occasionally funny, and some I didn't like so much. But, the pearls kept me going. One of my favorites was entitled Water:

Before I was born I was water.
I thought of this sitting on a blue
chair surrounded by pink, red, white
hollyhocks in the yard in front
of my green studio. There are conclusions
to be drawn but I can't do it anymore.
Born man, child man, singing man,
dancing man, loving man, old man,
dying man. This is a round river
and we are her fish who be
Jul 11, 2008 Renny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That time is fleeting, life is short, and that Jim Harrison may be America's greatest living poet!
Jan 30, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems-poetry
I quite enjoyed several of the poems in this book, including this one:

Portal, Arizona

I've been apart too long
from this life we have.
They deep-fry pork chops locally.
I've never had them that way.
In the canyon at dawn the Cooper's hawk
rose from her nest. Lion's pug marks
a few miles up where the canyon narrowed
and one rock had an eye with sky beyond.
A geezer told me Nabokov wrote here
while his beloved Vera tortured the piano.
He chased butterflies to the pinheaded doom
but Lolita survived. What beaut
Feb 15, 2010 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read poetry, especially my kid's poems as they pass through childhood. Jim Harrison is a prolific poet who captures in a raw, unique style the beauty of the American West and Montana - where I live. He writes in a free verse style, without rhyme or reason - that challenges conventional logic, and a style that keeps one captivated. His poems are as rough as a hard-core Montana cowboy's life, but yet with a prose that lingers on long after the book is put down! A refreshing break from th ...more
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Nov 02, 2008 Sherry (sethurner) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I had read Harrison as the writer of Legends of the Fall and various short stories. This was the first book of his poetry I read, and it felt to me like bits and pieces of intense journal writing. He writes about the places he loves (Michigan, Montana, Mexico, France), dogs he has adored, women he has romanced, people who have died, and the way he is aging. There is a real sense of anger at our goverment and how politicians send young people off to war. All in all, there is a lot to think about ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-poetry
I usually like Jim Harrison's work and some of the poems in the collection were reasonably good. However, the book itself was poorly organized and seemed to be merely a bunch of poems put together in a random order. The long, rambling poems in the middle were really difficult to get into. Too many repetitive themes with death, dogs, and birds.

For someone who counts Braided Creek among their very favorite poetry books, this work was disappointing.
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It took me a while to get through while I meandered through a lot of books especially Ellen Hopkins but glad I finally finished it.

"Memorial Day" and "Livingston Suite" are fantastic. It's been so long reading this I forgot Livingston Suite was part of this collection.

I wish librarians carried more poetry and move people read it.
Jun 30, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like his poetry better than his fiction, but he's an all-around good writer. His memoir is fascinating.
Poèmes dans la grande tradition américaine, mais avec une touche de simplicité propre à Harrison et qu'on retrouve dans ses romans
Dorothy Mahoney
'Picked this up because he is a friend of Ted Kooser, and decided to read it slowly, one poem per day. 'Got lost in the length of some of the poems...
It flows well
Feb 20, 2008 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harrison, a prolic, versatile writer. He's always considered his poetry to be his strongest work. He's right.
Jan 03, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good poet, very beautiful imagery
Mar 31, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walking before daylight along the river with the dogs of memory, Jim Harrison
take us through his life in Montana and on the Mexican border--wonderful to be able to
accompany him.
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Jim Harrison was born in Grayling, Michigan, to Winfield Sprague Harrison, a county agricultural agent, and Norma Olivia (Wahlgren) Harrison, both avid readers. He married Linda King in 1959 with whom he has two daughters.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

His awards include National Academy of Arts grants
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