Too Quick For The Living: Poems by Walter BargenToo Quick For The Living: Poems by Walter Bargen

Too Quick For The Living: Poems

byWalter Bargen

Paperback | November 1, 2017

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In Too Quick for the Living, Walter Bargen adds his poetry to the Missouri Authors Series with a resounding rollick of a collection. Poems included range from a quiet look at people and places left behind to an outright celebration of survivor-hood with a sprinkling of pop culture icons to show the way. Over all, the collection pleases the senses before the abrupt realization that even though the poems are “More Moses than Neil Young,” as Young would say, Something is happening here even if what it is ain’t exactly clear.

Walter Bargen has published 19 books of poetry including Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems, Endearing Ruins/Liebenswerte Ruinen, Trouble Behind Glass Doors, and Gone West/Ganz Im Westen. His awards include the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the William Rockhill Nels...
Title:Too Quick For The Living: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:November 1, 2017Publisher:Moon City PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0913785970

ISBN - 13:9780913785973

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“The poems in Too Quick for the Living are illuminated by the awareness of inevitable loss and so see clearly to the point of pain, finding just beyond the pain immense pleasure and not a little wisdom, as in how sorrow is “always in the missing./It’s the straight line off the map that kills us.” But this is not a book of despair, but one that finds “Heaven remains out there with all the empty miles.” Walter Bargen’s poems speak eloquently of magpies, those “Cold sentinels along Kansas dirt roads,” as a “winged declaration of union and disunion,” as well as how “From the mouths of blackened alleys pigeons coo.” These poems consistently go further than “the indefinite/boundaries of visions” and they keep going down the road that “disappears/into its own distance” to remind us life is made of “the wreckage of/destinations and departures.” Made, that is, by those who survive, who go on. Walter Bargen proves once again he is a survivor, one worth listening to.” —George Looney, author of Meditations Before the Windows Fail