The difficult wheel : poems / by Betty Adcock.
- Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1995.
71 pages ; 23 cm
- In The Difficult Wheel, Betty Adcock writes about time, about losing the past yet never being able to lose it. Hers are poems about vanishings, about grief and about folly - our absurd attempt to cancel time and space, to abstract ourselves out of history and out of nature, and to distract ourselves from death's specter. Adcock's verses fuse formal pattern with the chaos of rapid change, music with grief, the world's presences - deer, bird, fox, all that shakes the "shuddering loom"--With the absences that time has dreamed and language must confront. Out of her personal losses Adcock imagines the larger ones we are facing at the end of the twentieth century. But there are celebrations here, too: a simple field of wild flowers on an Aegean island becomes music, memory, a "pearl of great price."
One of a Kind
After Geology, After Biology
To a Young Feminist Who Wants to Be Free
Time After Time
Lines to a Past Love
Four from the Spider
Straying into February Woods
The Woman Hidden in This Painting
"In Another Life ..."
The Mad Widow: Two Poems
Poem for Dizzy
Her Dying as a Bird: Small Fantasy for a Beloved Aunt
Living for a While in the Country
Valentine at Fifty
The Bird Woman
In a Trunk Not Looked into for Twenty Years
At the Age When You Get Bad News
Time at the Movies
Written at a Country Mansion of the 1920s, Now Partially Restored as a Writing Retreat for Poets
Writing Poems Late
East Texas Autumn as a Way to See Time
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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