Expectation Days

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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From movie making to medical misadventures, meditations on widowhood to feminist protestations,Expectation Daysis a dazzling portrayal of instances in Sandra McPherson's life. Her autobiographical collection uses peculiar and exact language to reflect on a wide range of activities that include grouse hunting, going through airport security and climbing a coastal cliff. From being an unintended child to ceremonializing a lifetime "served," McPherson speaks in both clear and distressing voices from the state of speechless fear that is bereavement.

Author Biography

Sandra McPherson is a professor of English at the University of California, Davis.

Table of Contents

Grousep. 3
Beach journal, May : dune censusp. 5
"Through lace curtains, ravens" (Pasternak)p. 7
Gospel disinclinedp. 9
I was young and working by the ship locksp. 10
Officer and gentleman and a small heroic orderp. 12
Precipice, rush, sheathp. 14
Two young trees bending in strong windp. 15
On being transparent : Cedar Rapids Airportp. 16
Lucid dreaming : oxycodonep. 18
Containersp. 23
Living with an urnp. 26
Bereavement : leaving the radio on all night for companyp. 27
Bereavement : 1919p. 28
Pre-op roomp. 29
Muses for panicp. 31
Suicidologyp. 34
Mourning, ninth monthp. 36
Post-op, medical humanitiesp. 37
Fox : a memory of my husbandp. 39
Cabawaguni scarecrow, Dang region, Nepalp. 43
Do-it-yourselfer's ghazalp. 44
Expectation daysp. 45
Blossom river drivep. 46
Children of the villagep. 47
Schoolchildren, 2000 and 1848p. 48
The Mexican acrobatp. 49
Virtue study : "it was his first"p. 53
Virtue study : pastoralp. 55
Virtue study : samma vacap. 57
Virtue study : teachingsp. 58
Virtue study : happy hourp. 59
Virtue study : blues societyp. 60
Chicory at nightp. 65
Diary : day of restp. 69
To a book of needles, 1918p. 71
The bat by porch lightp. 73
Hibakushap. 75
Poem for a late birthdayp. 76
How to read an aerial mapp. 78
On suicide watchp. 79
Autumn on a small treep. 80
Surfaces, Central Valley, 109[degrees]p. 81
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