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9780805064339

Roots and Flowers : Poets Write about Their Families

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805064339

  • ISBN10:

    0805064338

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-04-01
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Roots and Flowers reveals heartfelt truths about poets and their families. "How Quickly, How EarlyThe fourth grader, his puffy down jacketblood-red as any cardinal,flies lightly up the path to school, skiddingwhen he gets to the open door. Then, looking strangely like his father heading in to work,he stops; shoves back his hood,braces his shouldersfor the day, and trudges forward. How quickly, how early such lessons begin. " --Liz Rosenberg This companion toThe Invisible Ladder, Liz Rosenberg's award-winning poetry anthology that deals with poets and their childhoods, explores the bonds between poets and their families. Framed by the poets' photos and statements about their families, here is an exploration of giving birth, raising a child, seeing a parent age and pass away. Poets such as Stanley Kunitz, Robert Bly, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Linda Pastan offer readers not only poems of startling beauty, but also a unique entry into the sources of their art. Roots and Flowersis the perfect gift for a family that shares poetry, for fans of the many poets in this book, and for young writers whose own emotional life centers on their families. Liz Rosenberg's deep connection with the poetry community allowed her to get the personal and revealing contributions from the authors in this book. And the book is permeated with intimacy and celebration.

Author Biography

Liz Rosenberg is an award-winning anthologist, a published poet, a professor of children's literature and a critic whose reviews frequently appear in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Her previous poetry anthologies include Light-Gathering Poems, The Invisible Ladder, and Earth-Shattering Poems. She lives with her family in Binghamton, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(9)
Statement
9(4)
Marvin Bell
The Last Thing I Say
10(1)
from To an Adolescent Weeping Willow
11(2)
Statement
13(4)
Robert Bly
For My Son Noah, Ten Years Old
15(2)
Statement
17(4)
David Bosnick
Home from Work
18(3)
Statement
21(4)
Michael Burkard
Entire Dilemma
22(3)
Statement
25(10)
David Chin
My Father's Note
26(1)
The China Cupboard and the Coal Furnace
27(8)
Statement
35(4)
Victoria Clausi
A Letter to Mother
36(3)
Statement
39(4)
Stephen Dobyns
No Map
41(2)
Statement
43(10)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Arturo
45(2)
Letter to My Mother: Past Due
47(2)
My Son Tells Me Not to Wear My Poet's Clothes
49(1)
Heritage
50(3)
Statement
53(6)
Eamon Grennan
Taking My Son to School
55(4)
Statement
59(4)
Donald Hall
My Son, My Executioner
60(3)
Statement
63(4)
Marie Howe
The Attic
64(3)
Statement
67(4)
Adrienne E. Ianniello
Memory
68(3)
Statement
71(10)
Milton Kessler
Ballad for Dave
73(1)
Plain Poplar
74(4)
Secret Love
78(3)
Statement
81(4)
Maxine Kumin
For My Great-Grandfather: A Message Long Overdue
82(3)
Statement
85(14)
Stanley Kunitz
Journal for My Daughter
88(7)
My Mother's Pears
95(4)
Statement
99(4)
Greg Kuzma
My Son Skating on Doane's Lake
101(2)
Statement
103(4)
Rich Landers
Genesis
104(3)
Statement
107(4)
Shara McCallum
Wolves
108(3)
Statement
111(6)
Margaret K. Menges
For Angela
112(1)
The Winter of Stories
113(4)
Statement
117(6)
Jerry Mirskin
My Father
118(1)
Bronx Park East
119(4)
Statement
123(6)
Greg Moglia
On That Day
124(1)
Pietro
125(4)
Statement
129(6)
Kyoko Mori
Seeing My Parents in New York
130(2)
Uncles
132(3)
Statement
135(4)
Megeen Mulholland
Our Father's Image
136(3)
Statement
139(4)
Howard Nelson
Weariness
140(1)
In the Class for Giving Birth
141(2)
Statement
143(8)
Naomi Shihab Nye
Wedding Cake
145(2)
How Far Is It to the Land We Left?
147(1)
Genetics
148(3)
Statement
151(6)
Linda Pastan
Notes from the Delivery Room
152(2)
A Real Story
154(3)
Statement
157(6)
Willie Perdomo
Unemployed Mami
159(4)
Statement
163(4)
Katha Pollitt
Playground
164(3)
Statement
167(4)
Liz Rosenberg
White Slip
168(1)
How Quickly, How Early
169(2)
Statement
171(4)
David St. John
Hush
172(3)
Statement
175(4)
Kate Schmitt
Leaving You
176(3)
Statement
179(6)
Henry M. Seiden
Monty
180(2)
Turtle Story
182(3)
Statement
185(6)
Jason Shinder
Places He Wasn't
187(1)
Because One Is Always Leaving
188(3)
Statement
191(4)
Gary Soto
Worry at the End of the Month
192(3)
Statement
195(4)
Bettye T. Spinner
Her Story
196(3)
Statement
199(4)
Gerald Stern
Waving Good-Bye
200(3)
Statement
203(4)
Deborah Tall
Touched
204(3)
Statement
207(4)
Philip Terman
Instructions on Climbing Your Father's Garage
208(3)
Statement
211(10)
Antonio Vallone
Peach Blossom Snow
213(2)
from Learning to Dance
215(2)
Camping Out in the Backyard
217(4)
Statement
221(4)
Li-Shen Yun
Saturday in Chinatown
222(3)
Biographical Notes 225(10)
Suggested Reading and Listening 235(8)
Index of First Lines 243

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