Classic Rough News

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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With a half-dozen books of poetry published to date, Kenneth Fields distills some forty years of teaching and writing about poetry into Classic Rough News, a collection of fresh sonnets and sonnet-like lyrics that attests to both Fields's skills as a writer and the inexhaustible possibilities of the form. Classic Rough News follows a skeptical, cosmopolitan, intelligent, poetic presence aware that its carefully constructed veneer could crumble at any moment. In poems that mine interior dialogue for the discovery of great truths, Fields conveys feelings of awkwardness, incompleteness, conflict, and insanity-all in finely crafted verse. Ironic and skeptical, the voice in these poems records the flux of the mind, ruefully acknowledging how easy it is to deceive oneself with mixed emotions. Fully mature and unconcerned about impressions, Classic Rough News is grounded in erudition and humor, revealing how tradition and talent can push one another in unexpected directions.

Author Biography

Kenneth Fields is professor of English and creative writing at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Separate Camp 3(1)
In the Place of Stories 4(1)
In the Wain 5(1)
Along the Watchtower 6(1)
The Last Infirmity 7(1)
The Daily Mirror 8(1)
The Art of Surprise 9(1)
Eyewhite Nightlight 10(1)
The Company 11(1)
And Company Kept 12(1)
Going Out 13(1)
Realizations 14(1)
Imprisoned Lover Singing Freedom 15(1)
The Interior Castle 16(1)
On the Bus 17(1)
Fair Nice Pieces, or Burton Makes His Move 18(1)
At the Laundromat 19(1)
Here Nor There 20(1)
The Passive Voice 21(1)
On the Verge 22(1)
A Short History 23(1)
In the Name of the Queen 24(1)
Royal Burton 25(1)
A Country Story 26(1)
Voices of Silence, or The Camaraderie of Influence 27(1)
Apology 28(1)
The Narrow Road to the North 29(1)
"Into the World of Light" 30(1)
Daggers & Patchwork Quilts 31(1)
The Rules of the Game 32(1)
Powerhouse 33(1)
Breathless 34(1)
Torch Singer 35(1)
Early Autumn 36(1)
Right Now 37(1)
Winding Up 38(1)
No Moon at All 39(1)
Arkansas Stone Medium 40(1)
The Bookworm Dreams of Toughboy Poetry 41(1)
Under the Lamplight 42(1)
The Invariable Paths 43(1)
Being of Sound Mind 44(1)
Phantom Pain 45(1)
Among the Mysteries 46(1)
Cutting His Losses 47(1)
Tangled 48(1)
The Break 49(1)
Battle Review 50(1)
Nocturne 51(1)
Burton in Pieces 52(2)
Ripple Effect
Wet Work
Addressee Unknown
The Teacher in His Twenty-seventh Year
The Regret of Heraclitus
Of the Spheres 54(1)
Burton in Heaven 55(2)
Burton at Yoga 57(1)
Narcissus at Ninety 58(1)
Around 59(1)
La Salamandre 60(1)
In Another Country 61(1)
From the Highest Tower 62(1)
Opening Line 63(1)
The Voice of the Oracle 64(1)
The Hinge 65(2)
More Tender, and Everywhere Open 67(1)
Before Sleep 68(1)
Poetic 69

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