The April Poems by Leon RookeThe April Poems by Leon Rooke

The April Poems

byLeon Rooke

Paperback | March 15, 2013

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Leon Rooke's latest collection of poems concerns itself with an irrepressible heroine, adopting a variety of distinctive perspectives on her life, her loves and her losses.

An energetic and prolific storyteller, Leon Rooke's writing is characterized by inventive language, experimental form and an extreme range of characters with distinctive voices. He has written a number of plays for radio and stage and produced numerous collections of short stories. It is his novels, however, that have received the most...
Title:The April PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8.75 × 5.56 × 0.36 inPublished:March 15, 2013Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843597

ISBN - 13:9780889843592

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Read from the Book

3. April Defined – What was it that attracted you to April? – How I was made dizzy through love. How I came to see beauty in the strangest things. How modern art suddenly made sense. Herpluck, her prink, her plumelets. Her elegant feet. – That's it? – Clothes on the body, then the floor. I was eighty miles awayand saw her naked in bed. She was saying smart things. I licked blueplates in cheap diners, thinking of her. Knowing that she was smarterthan me. She was an intellectual colossus, big, big, and bigger. Callher up, you got busy signals, you got guys from Nantucket, Singapore, the Darwinian Isles. Because of her I could speak the language of wild dogs. Gypsies jumped from blackberry fields, shouting her name. Beessacrificed their own air time to fly with her. Even wasps. – What was it about you that made her keen? – She liked digging me out of holes, where insects buried me. Iintroduced her to invisible birds which made nests out of her hat bands. I was a man of action who went out nights in a flying suit, in dyed underwear, stopping trains that otherwise would crash. I divertedstreams so they'd trickle by our bedroom. I was savvy in the kitchen, slicing beets. I was a brave son of a bitch in the workplace, turning hot-headed thugs into limited-edition songbooks, Fords into schooners on Lake Huron. I enacted legislation making Mother'sDay an extended foray through Greek isles. – So you're saying your marriage worked out? – Like the beauty of pure math. What did she say? – Like juggling bricks in a hurricane

Table of Contents

1. April's Father
2. April's Town
3. April Defined
4. April's Diary
5. April in Haiti
6. April Lost
7. April's 'Quoth the Raven'
8. Not With That Attitude, Miss
9. April's Pets
10. April's Continuation of the James Tate Poem 'Lewis and Clark Overheard in Conversation'
11. April's Note on Her Repeated Continuation of James Tate Poems
12. April's Hundred-Yard Run
13. April's Soul
14. April's Narrow Escape: The Early Years
17. Island Woman
18. April and Henry James
19. April's Fashion Statement
20. Utter Calm
21. April's Park Avenue Hats
22. Her Crossword Wars
23. Another Narrow Miss
24. Back to the Future: Is it all Folly?
25. Fragments Not From the Rose Room (6th floor, Princess Margaret Hospital, October 4, 2008)
26. Just to Be Clear About April's Politics
27. April and Harold
28. April Down South
29. Like Tractors Clearing a Road
30. April's Mattress Poems
31. My Personal Story
32. April's Great Google Deal
33. April's Bad Husband Day
34. April Dressed to Kill (Sam)
35. April's Fling
36. April: A True Love Melody
37. My Bride (Revisited)
38. What We May Learn from Dr. Phil About Becoming a Good Husband
39. April's (Bobby Darin) Song
40. Lunch with April
41. April Makes Her Stand
42. April's 'No Frills' Poem
43. April and the Bad Bees
44. April's Clunker Car
45. On the Ropes
46. April Contemplates God
1. God Wakes Today
2. God's Snit
3. God's Haircut
4. God Is Not In Today
47. Come On, Lamented April: Be Happy
48. April's Deep Remorse
49. April Affirms She Married Well
50. Thou Beside Me Singing

Editorial Reviews

Leon Rooke's latest collection of poems concerns itself with an irrepressible heroine, adopting a variety of distinctive perspectives on her life, her loves and her losses.'Leon Rooke has long been recognized as a great fiction writer, a master of the short story, a prestidigitator of tone, drama and humour. Fortunately, he brings these gifts to bear in his poetry, as well. As poet, Rooke is an outsider in the best sense – a mad scientist, a breeder of wily hybrids – immune to trends. In Rooke's lines, there are shades of Pinter, Pasternak and Baudelaire. Read this book carefully, for it contains poems that can show us how to lose ourselves, and to recognize love, in any age.'