The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech

The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech

by Stephen Dobyns

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Overview

This new collection from best-selling poet and novelist Stephen Dobyns focuses on the hard, ephemeral truth of mortality, including the section “Sixteen Sonnets for Isabel” about the recent death of his wife; the poem "Laugh," a portrait of the late poet Hayden Carruth; and the poignant parable of a horse in a bar. In true Dobyns fashion, these poems grip and guide readers into a state of empathy, ultimately raising the question of how one lives and endures in the world.

Recognitions

The awful imbalance that occurs with age
when you suddenly see that more friends

have died, than remain alive. And at times
the memory seems so real that the latest

realization of a death can become a second,
smaller death. All those talks cut off in mid-

sentence. All those plans tossed in the trash.
What can you do but sit out on the porch

when evening comes? The day's last light reddens the leaves of the copper beach.

Stephen Dobyns is the best-selling author of twenty-three novels, fourteen books of poetry, two collections of essays, and one book of short stories. Among his many honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Dobyns has worked as a reporter for Detroit News, and has written reviews for such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Times Literary Supplement. He has taught at various academic institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He currently lives in Westerly, Rhode Island.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942683162
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 1,217,764
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stephen Dobyns is the author of 23 novels, including the popular "Saratoga" crime novels, 14 books of poetry, one book of short stories, and two collections of essays on poetry. His books of poetry include Winter’s Journey (Copper Canyon Press, 2010); Mystery, So Long (2005); The Porcupine’s Kisses (2002); Do They Have a Reason? (2000); Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides (Penguin, 1999); Common Carnage (1996); Velocities: New and Selected Poems 1966-1992 (1994); Cemetery Nights (1987), which won a Melville Cane Award; Black Dog, Red Dog (1984), which was a winner in the National Poetry Series; Heat Death (1980); and Concurring Beasts (1972), which was the 1972 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets. His novels include Boy in the Water (Holt/Metropolitan, 1999); The Church of Dead Girls (1997); Saratoga Fleshpot (1995); The Wrestler’s Cruel Study (1993); and Saratoga Haunting (1993). His novels have been translated into more than ten languages. Among his many honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Dobyns has worked as a reporter for Detroit News, and has written review for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Times Literary Supplement. He has taught at various academic institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He currently lives in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Part 1

Stories 11

Stars 12

Wisdom 14

Parable: Horse 16

Mrs. Brewster's Second Grade Class Picture 18

Furniture 20

Water-Ski 22

Leaf Blowers 23

Parable: Heaven 24

Good Days 26

Part 2 Sixteen Sonnets for Isabel

Monochrome 29

Song 30

Technology 31

Skyrocket 32

Lizard 33

Swap Shop 34

Alien Skin 35

Pain 36

Niagara Falls 37

The Wide Variety 38

Skin 39

Never 40

Casserole 41

Inexplicably 42

Prague 43

Gardens 44

Part 3

The Miracle of Birth 47

Fly 49

The Inquisitor 50

The Poet's Disregard 52

Parable: Gratitude 53

Sincerity 55

Hero 57

Statistical Norm 60

Turd 61

Parable: Friendship 64

The Dark Uncertainty 67

No Simple Thing 68

Part 4 Reversals

Narrative 73

Determination 75

Jump 76

What Happened? 77

Philosophy 79

Melodrama 80

Exercise 81

Failure 82

Constantine XI 83

Literature 84

Jism 86

Valencia 87

Thanks 88

Part 5

Persephone, Etc. 93

Crazy Times 94

Parable: Fan/Paranoia 95

Winter Wind 97

So It Happens 98

Tinsel 99

Future 100

Parable: Poetry 101

Scale 103

Cut Loose 104

Recognitions 106

Laugh 107

Acknowledgments 110

About the Author 111

Colophon 116

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