That Kind Of Happy

Paperback | April 1, 2016

byMaggie Dietz

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October Aubade

If I slept too long, forgive me.

A north wind quickened the window frames
so the room pitched like a moving train

and the pillow’s whiff of hickory
and shaving soap conjured your body

beside me. So I slept in the berth
as the train chuffed on, unburdened

by waking’s cold water, ignorant
of pain, estrangement, hunger and      

the crucial fuel the boiler burned  
to keep the minutes’ pistons churning

while I slept. Forgive me.

That Kind of Happy, the long-awaited second collection by award-winning poet Maggie Dietz, explores the sharp, profound tension between a disquieted inner life and quotidian experience. Central to the book are poems that take up two major life events: becoming a mother and losing a father within a short stretch of time. Here, at the intersection of joy and grief, of persistence and attrition, Dietz wrestles with the questions posed by such conflicting experiences, revealing a mind suspicious of quick fixes and dissatisfied with easy answers. The result is a book as anguished as it is distinguished.

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October Aubade If I slept too long, forgive me. A north wind quickened the window frames so the room pitched like a moving train and the pillow’s whiff of hickory and shaving soap conjured your body beside me. So I slept in the berth as the train chuffed on, unburdened by waking’s cold water, ignorant of pain, estrangement, hunger and ...

Maggie Dietz is the author of Perennial Fall, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and coeditor of Americans’ Favorite Poems, Poems to Read, and An Invitation to Poetry. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022634939X

ISBN - 13:9780226349398

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Zoloft
Hill Country
Are We There Yet?
Killdeer
Downtown
Slip
1. Origin Myth
2. Adrift
Kempie
December
Afternoon at the ER
Galilee
Late Spring

Delivery
1. Waking
2. Waiting
3. Pitocin
4. Lidocaine
5. Parturition
Love Song
Diagnosis Dream
One God
October Aubade
November
Pluto
Demolition Derby
Another Day, Another Dolor

Still Falling
Fiddle Ode
Thin Ice
Terms of the Disease
Lullaby
Takedown
April Incantation
When/Then
Two Shores
Mediterranean
Anywhere Elsewhere
Notes

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“Just ordinary everyday experiences. Death, for instance, oh and a child gets his fingers acetoned by a toothbrush for trying to help a wounded expiring bird, its ‘Black eyes visible through skeins / of lids,’ its ‘soft pink belly like a clam.’ And there’s the ‘gossamer ice’ of a frozen river, like ‘bright / metal hammered fine as the / ghost of the ghost of a moon.’ And the birth of a baby, ‘every one / of its live cells singing / Hosanna for “we praise / you” and “please save / us” as being trains its / way into the lighted room. . . .’ Things like that.  Everyday instances. All these extraordinary human things, the pleasure and the pain, sung about in a versification which is a radiant celebratory light shining on them.”