9780252025549

Iron City : Poems

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  • ISBN13:

    9780252025549

  • ISBN10:

    0252025547

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Summary

These vivid narrative and lyrical poems focus on scenes and characters from the coal-and-steel producing regions of Alabama, an unlikely but rich source for meditations on the hidden emotions of our lives.

The iron city is a world in which a child and the people around him are trapped in the mystery of their surroundings, trying to reach toward love, understanding, and clarity. Acclaimed poet John Bensko creates powerful images of enclosed spaces, both physical and emotional, and of the surprising radiance they evoke. Through the central metaphor of a raw material that contains not only its history ("Memory of delicate / Ferns, leaves, bones of fishes") but its future ("Coal, the rock that burns"). The Iron City explores the chasm between child and adult, musing over veins depleted, resources misused, and the glint of promise deep underground.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Secrets of Animals
The Iron City
3(3)
The Secrets of Animals
6(2)
Digging It
8(2)
The Priest at the Mine
10(3)
The Missing Foot
13(2)
Rage for Order
15(2)
The Old Stanton Place
17(2)
What the Children Saw and Heard
19(1)
Independent Miner
20(2)
Abandoned Mine
22(1)
Late Shift
23(1)
Brookside, Alabama
24(5)
Part 2: The Hidden Street
The Ornamental Iron Works and Museum
29(2)
Owning a House
31(2)
Free Delivery
33(2)
Another Set of Existential Metaphors about the City
35(2)
Trailer
37(2)
The Roofer
39(1)
West Memphis, Southland Track
40(2)
The Hidden Street
42(1)
The Well
43(2)
Night Tennis
45(2)
Animal Loose along the Parkway
47(4)
Part 3: The Victims of Love
The Implied Author
51(4)
Do You Know What High School You Went To?
55(1)
The Window Man
56(2)
Plaster of Paris
58(2)
Swinging Bridge
60(1)
Quiet Please
61(2)
Fingernails
63(1)
The Victims of Love
64(2)
Cinema Verite
66(2)
Rothko
68(2)
Mail Bomb
70(1)
On Graymont Avenue
71(2)
Yellow Fever Cemetery
73(2)
Winter Scene
75

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