Lawrence Booth's Book Of Visions

July 11, 2001|
Lawrence Booth's Book Of Visions by Maurice Manning
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This year’s winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Maurice Manning’s Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions. These compelling poems take us on a wild ride through the life of a man child in the rural South. Presenting a cast of allegorical and symbolic, yet very real, characters, the poems have “authority, daring, [and] a language of color and sure movement,” says series judge W.S. Merwin.
 
From Seven Chimeras

The way Booth makes a love story:
same as a regular story, except
under one rock is a trapdoor that leads
to a room full of belly buttons;
each must be pushed, one is a landmine.

The way Booth makes hope:
thirty-seven acres, Black Damon,
Red Dog. Construct a pillar of fire
in the Great Field and let it become
unquenchable.

The way Booth ends the Jack-in-the-Box charade:
shoot the weasel in the neck
and toss it to the buzzards.

The way Booth thinks of salvation:
God holding a broken abacus,
colored beads falling away.
Title:Lawrence Booth's Book Of VisionsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:96 pages, 7.5 X 6.25 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:96 pages, 7.5 X 6.25 X 0.68 inPublished:11 juillet 2001Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300089988

ISBN - 13:9780300089981

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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