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Harborless, a collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, is part history and part reinvention. The poems explore tragic wrecks in rivers and lakes, finding and forming artistic meaning from destruction and death. Each poem begins in a real, historical moment that Cindy Hunter Morgan transforms into an imagined truth. The imaginative element is essential to this work as i ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 6th 2017 by Wayne State University Press
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Sydney ✨
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very beautiful collection. It made shipwreck stories feel so real. It is an event that I forget actually happen/s. All of the descriptions are so vivid and well said. It was also interesting because a lot of these wrecks have occurred in areas I have been before which is super cool.
Sean Kottke
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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An extraordinary collection of poems inspired by Great Lakes shipwrecks, each entry launches from a specific (and often tragic) historical maritime disaster and transforms it into a potent piece of art. The power of Morgan's work is dramatically raised by an afterword that documents each of the shipwrecks, where I realized how easily I could recall so much of the corresponding poems' language.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the various tales of the shipwrecks and deckhand's tales. My favorite poems included an erasure in a four color process. There was a haunting quality to this poem that fit the theme of the book almost too well. Another favorite was "Henry Clay, 1851" about the loss of bales of wool the woman on the shore carded and spun and turned into mittens and sweaters. I even enjoyed the prose poems about peas pouring about the deck in "Mesquite." I could engage with each of these poems and never fe ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Harborless is a surprising blend of history and poetry. These are some of the easiest to read and understand poems I've read, granted I don't read a lot of poetry. The lyrical words bring these ships and the people that worked them back to life. We get a glimpse of how things might have been. How does the author know these things? This book would make a great gift for a lover of local history. It really captures the imagination. Very well done.
Charlene Avery
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you don't like poetry, please look at this book anyway! If you like poetry, you've hit a jackpot!!
The Great Lakes /Great Books Club of Door County introduced me to it. This book is about Great Lakes shipwrecks and life. She has a huge variety of poems, and the way the book is put together is fantastic! We were very lucky to have 2 poets attend the book club mtg and help us learn about the various styles. They also told us the order of poems/how a book of poetry is constructed takes great ski
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