The Law of the Unforeseen

Pleasure Boat Studio (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 15. September 2018
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 130 Seiten
978-0-912887-78-4 (ISBN)
The Law of the Unforeseen is about family, history, family history, the natural world-its beauty, its degradation-the strange miracle of consciousness. I write about the blues, failure, great apes, time passing, icebergs, massage therapy, the Civil War, crows, bats, potatoes, spoons and drones. Nothing is off the table. In fact, everything is on the table, including the fabled kitchen sink.
The poet Galway Kinnell once said that when writing a poem, the deeper you go inside yourself, and the more intimate you become in the process of composing and engaging language with your whole being, a strange thing happens. The poem, Kinnell said, becomes both personal and universal. By diving deep, the poem discovers-or uncovers-what binds us, what we all feel: the quickened heart of recognition and shared emotions.
That's what I've aimed for in The Law of the Unforeseen: to plumb deep, to find "the best words in their best order," as Samuel Taylor Coleridge said in his famous distinction between prose ("…words in the best order.") and poetry "…the best words in the best order").
  • Englisch
  • Fadenheftung
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  • Gewebe-Einband
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  • mit Schutzumschlag
2 Illustrations
  • Höhe: 235 mm
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  • Breite: 157 mm
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  • Dicke: 11 mm
  • 366 gr
978-0-912887-78-4 (9780912887784)
To his everlasting regret, Edward Harkness did not see Elvis when the King of Rock 'n' Roll visited Seattle during the World's Fair in 1962. Other than that, Harkness is a happy husband to Linda, father to Ned and Devin, and grandfather to Clio and Hilde. Having retired after a 30+ year career as a writing teacher at Shoreline Community College, he now devotes his time to other pleasures: gardening, cycling, visiting the kids and, now and then, making poems. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Saying the Necessary and Beautiful Passing Lives, both from Pleasure Boat Studio. His most recent chapbook, Ice Children, was published by Split Lip Press in 2014. Two poems in this collection, "Tying a Tie" and "Airborne," won the annual poetry prize for 2017. He lives in Shoreline, Washington, about a mile from the north Seattle home where he grew up, and where his mother, Doris Harkness, whose art works grace the covers of this book, still lives.

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