Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems by Joyce SutphenCarrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems by Joyce Sutphen

Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems

byJoyce SutphenIntroduction byTed Kooser

Paperback | October 1, 2019

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Joyce Sutphen's evocations of life on a small farm, coming of age in the late 1960s, and traveling and searching for balance in a very modern world are both deeply personal and familiar. Readers from Maine to Minnesota and beyond will recognize themselves, their parents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors in these poems, which move us from delight in keen description toward something like wisdom or solace in the things of this world.

In addition to poems selected from the last twenty-five years, Carrying Water to the Field includes more than forty new poems on the themes of luck, hard work, and the ravages of time-erasures that Sutphen attempts to ameliorate with her careful attention to language and lyrical precision. 

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Stearns County, Minnesota. She is a professor emeritus of English at Gustavus Adolphus College and is Minnesota's poet laureate. She is the author of seven poetry collections, including Straight Out of View, Coming Back to the Body, and Naming the Stars, and is a coeditor of To Sing Along the Way: Min...
Title:Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected PoemsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2019Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1496216369

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Ted Kooser    

Selections from Straight Out of View

Straight Out of View    
The Farm    
Tornado Warning    
Feeding the New Calf    
My Father Comes to the City    
St. Joe, the Angelus    
In Black    
From Out the Cave    
Great Salt Lake    
Holland Park at Dusk    
Riding East to Dover    
Reading Sylvia Plath in London    
Edgar's Dream    
Death Becomes Me    
Suppose Death Comes Like This    
What You Wanted    
A Kind of Deliverance    
In Quest of Agates    
Living in the Body    

Selections from Coming Back to the Body

Comforts of the Sun    
Girl on a Tractor    
A Poem with My Mother in It    
Apple Season    
Fields in Late October    
Of Virtue    
The Silence Says    
A Kind of Villanelle    
Her Legendary Head    
Not for Burning    
The Temptation to Invent    
Rodin on Film    
Arrangement in Grey and Black    
What the Heart Cannot Forget    
Older, Younger, Both    
Coming Back to the Body    
Into Thin Air    
The Assumption    

Selections from Naming the Stars

Naming the Stars    
Raku Songs    
How We Ended Up Together    
The Problem Was    
Losing Touch    
Polaroid # 2    
Ever After    
The Sound of No One Calling    
Aisle and View    
The Apostate's Creed    
What Comes After    
In the Wake    
This Body    
Now That Anything Could Happen    
What to Pack    
Getting the Machine    
Some Glad Morning    
At the Moment    
Now, Finally, a Love Song    

Selections from First Words

First Words    
The Body I Once Lived In    
My Legendary Father    
The Kingdom of Summer    
The Aunts    
My Luck    
Just for the Record    
Bringing in the Hay    
My Dog, Pal    
The Oat Binder    
What Every Girl Wants    
The First Child    
My Brother's Hat    
These Few Precepts    
In Vermeer's Painting    
Things You Didn't Put on Your Résumé    
How to Listen    
The Last Things I'll Remember    

Selections from After Words

A Dream of Empty Fields    
Taking Stock    
The Scythe    
"Perfect Weather for Hanging Wash"     
My Mother's Secret Life    
The Exam    
Grandma Clara    
September Afternoon, Writing    
My Grandmother Sells Her Strawberry Field    
The Queen of Summer Lawns    
My Sister's School Papers    
Two Girls on a Hayrack    
The Blue in the Distance    
Things I Know    
Bell Bottom Baby    
The Suzuki Mother    
We Have Come This Far    
Next Time    
The Last Perfect Season    

Selections from Modern Love & Other Myths

On the Shortest Days    
Winter's Night    
Like That    
It's Amazing    
The Hampstead Sonnets    
Bird on a Wall in County Clare    
The Last Straw    
Things to Watch While You Drive    
The Idea of Living    
The Lost Prophecy    
One Thousand and One Nights    
The Poem You Said You Wouldn't Write    
The One Constant Thing    
Death, Inc.     
Even in My Time    
The Posthumous Journey of the Soul    
All the People I Used to Be    
For the Evening Light    
Say It        
The Book of Hours    

Selections from The Green House

Irish Suite    
A Bird in County Clare    
A Postcard from the Burren    
At Clonmacnoise    
Playing the Pipes    
This Beautiful Paper    
Snow, Snow, Snow    
The Sound of a Train    
Writing Poetry    
Why We Need Poetry    
Reading the Notes in the Norton Anthology of Poetry    
The Birds Walking    
The Cardinal    
Still Life    
Constable Clouds    
Bird Song, Cannon River Bottoms    
The Cup    

New Poems
I. Luck

Those Hours    
Someone Just Like You    
In Iowa City One Night    
Too Much Luck    
The Signal    
The Fortune Cookie Writer    
Eleanor Beardsley in Paris    
At Los Alamos    
What the Music Required    
So Close    
The Light Left On    

II. Work

The Long Centuries    
What He Doesn't Tell Us    
Hoeing Potatoes with My Grandmother        
Horseshoes with Maurice    
More of Everything    
My Brothers    
My Mother Breaks Her Ankle    
Snowmen at the Farm    
Because of the Sun    

III. Again    

The Last Apples    
Autumn Again    
Carrying Water to the Field    
What We Didn't Talk About    
My Father, Dying    
After You Were Gone    
Sunday Afternoon in Early May    
Reading Anna Swir in October    
For the Letter Writers    
How I'm Doing    
Isla, Morning    
Your Name    
Making Do    


Editorial Reviews

"It is poetry that Joyce Sutphen finds in owls, marshes, tractors, harrows and mason jars: just as (amid the urgent matter of contemporary existence, literary life, love, and human frailty) she shows us the very heart and soul of her working, rooted prairie people, as shy of being caught in a poem as they once were reluctant to be photographed, but perfectly captured for us in this sweeping account of life that is both specific and universal. A stunning collection of poems."-Anne-Marie Fyfe, author of The House of Small Absences - Anne-Marie Fyfe - 20190223