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Collecting the Animals
The voice of these poems is clear and strong, rising as it does out of the earth to the celebrations of the reeds, living simply and daily among cat-tail, wren, peacock, children, women, praising the coals of heaven before settling back like the old men of boyhood wifeless and half wild, / In stained coats, dying like rainbows / from the feet up. These are poems of the ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press
(first published January 1973)
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Everwine mixes abstract with reality very well, “Sometimes at night / when the city breathes against my window / and my hand closes like a stone, / I seek you down the acrid street of dead fathers / or in the dark lakes of the child I was.” This mixture is what I believe adds that mysterious quality of I’m not really sure what is going on, but I want to find out to his poetry.
Peter Everwine was born in Detroit and raised in western Pennsylvania. He has published seven collections of poetry, including Listening Long and Late (2013), Figures Made Visible in the Sadness of Time (2003), and Collecting the Animals (1973), which won the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1972. In a review of the collection Keeping the Night, the editor of the Olives of Oblivion blog noted Everwine’s ...moreMore about Peter Everwine...