Refusing Despair : Selected Poems and Journal Writings

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-30
  • Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr
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The dignity and clarity of the work of Teresa Anderson are apparent in this fondly selected volume.

Table of Contents

Speaking in Sign (1979)
Delphine: The Returnp. 2
Our Peoplep. 4
Alone after Sixty Yearsp. 5
Woman's Blues Okie Stylep. 6
May in the Deep Southp. 7
The Distant Lightp. 8
Meeting Lovers in Early Fallp. 9
Speaking in Signp. 10
Rites de Passagep. 12
For Denisp. 13
The Secret Roomp. 14
A Call for the Destruction of Nixon, Pablo Neruda (translation, 1980)
I Begin by Invoking Walt Whitmanp. 16
I Call upon Youp. 17
I Remain Herep. 18
Come with Mep. 19
Reading Quevedo by the Seap. 20
Fertile Are These Bones (manuscript, 1982)
Poems of Exile
Remember the Landp. 22
Nowhere Dreamp. 25
Pilgrimagep. 26
Cry for a Lost Loverp. 28
Requiem for the Fathersp. 29
Poem to Be Sung to No Onep. 30
After Divorcep. 32
Letter to a Wifep. 34
Poems of Return
Rubyp. 35
Song for Maryp. 38
Lorca in San Antoniop. 40
Por las Calles (In the Streets)p. 42
Lament for the Childrenp. 45
San Antonio Womenp. 47
To a Lover of Trees, Restless Water and Bonesp. 50
Nacimientop. 52
Now in Fading Light (new writings, 1992-1999)
These May Eveningsp. 54
"What does God do up there on his throne"p. 55
Knowing & Not Knowingp. 56
Methodist Hospital Poems
Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.p. 57
An Old Robe Arrives at Methodist Hospitalp. 58
To the Members of the Literary Clubp. 59
For My Students - Seniors at the Hudson Schoolp. 60
Russian Socks Arrive in Intensive Carep. 61
January Birdsp. 62
Reading My Mother's Betty Crocker Cookbookp. 63
Memory of Drowningp. 66
Goldfinch Spirit on Wall Streetp. 68
Scary Big C Poems
Mishap on the Road to Denialp. 70
Dramatic Rescuep. 70
The Cancer Ward and the Knifep. 71
In the Chamber of Green Firep. 72
Before and Afterp. 73
Walking behind My Fatherp. 73
Green Valleyp. 74
Before Dawnp. 76
Driving through Backroads Pennsylvaniap. 77
Gathering Wild Grapesp. 78
Weekday Morning, 4 A.M.p. 80
Refusing Despair (poems, 2003-2005)
One for the Dragonp. 82
Looking at a New Grandsonp. 85
A Gardener Remembersp. 86
Victor: It's Your Stadium Nowp. 88
During a Wintry Week in Julyp. 89
Wilson Hospital Poems
Refusing Despairp. 90
Mikep. 91
Stitchesp. 92
Abundancep. 93
Bastille Dayp. 94
Two Hospital Haikup. 95
Enforced Protestant Bullshitp. 96
Journals (2004-2005)
"Now is the winter of our discontent"p. 97
"My father is a summer person"p. 98
Refusing Despair, first draftp. 100
Questions for the Nursing Homep. 101
"Things taken for granted"p. 101
"N. gives her instructions"p. 102
"Well, an assessment of sorts"p. 103
"Mornings here are the hardest"p. 103
"Mornings are hard"p. 104
"I watch every morning"p. 105
"Hope Dies Last, Studs Terkel's recent book"p. 105
"My body is a trial"p. 106
"Dear Dad"p. 107
"This Christmas"p. 108
Postscriptp. 109
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