Morning in the Burned House

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-09-16
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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These beautifully crafted poems - by turns dark, playful, intensely moving, tender, and intimate - make up Margaret Atwood's most accomplished and versatile gathering to date, " setting foot on the middle ground / between body and word." Some draw on history, some on myth, both classical and popular. Others, more personal, concern themselves with love, with the fragility of the natural world, and with death, especially in the elegiac series of meditations on the death of a parent. But they also inhabit a contemporary landscape haunted by images of the past. Generous, searing, compassionate, and disturbing, this poetry rises out of human experience to seek a level between luminous memory and the realities of the everyday, between the capacity to inflict and the strength to forgive.

Author Biography

MARGARET ATWOOD'S poetry, like her fiction — including The Handmaid’s Tale and the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin -- is known and acclaimed around the world. Her last collection, Morning in the Burned House, won the Trillium Book Award in 1995. The author of more than forty works of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and books for children, Atwood has received top honors and awards in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and many other countries. She lives in Toronto. In 2008, Atwood was awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for Letters, considered to be the Spanish-language Nobel.

Table of Contents

You Come Backp. 3
A Sad Childp. 4
In the Secular Nightp. 6
Waitingp. 8
Februaryp. 11
Asparagusp. 13
Red Foxp. 16
Miss July Grows Olderp. 21
Manet's Olympiap. 24
Daphne and Laura and So Forthp. 26
Cressida to Troilus: A Giftp. 28
Ava Gardner Reincarnated as a Magnoliap. 30
Helen of Troy Does Counter Dancingp. 33
A Man Looksp. 37
Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess of War, Violent Storms, Pestilence, and Recovery From Illness, Contemplates the Desert in The Metropolitan Museum of Artp. 39
Romanticp. 45
Cellp. 47
The Loneliness of the Military Historianp. 49
Marsh Languagesp. 54
Froglessp. 56
Half-hanged Maryp. 58
Own Burningp. 70
Downp. 72
A Pink Hotel In Californiap. 76
Man in a Glacierp. 81
Wavep. 83
King Lear in Respite Carep. 85
A Visitp. 88
Dancingp. 90
Boredp. 91
Flowersp. 93
Two Dreamsp. 96
The Timep. 98
Two Dreams, 2p. 99
Ohp. 101
The Ottawa River by Nightp. 103
Vermilion Flycatcher, San Pedro River, Arizonap. 107
The Momentp. 109
Upp. 110
Girl Without Handsp. 112
The Signerp. 114
A Fire Placep. 116
Statuaryp. 118
Shapechangers in Winterp. 120
Morning in the Burned Housep. 126
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