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That Kind of Happy - (Phoenix Poets) by Maggie Dietz (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 80

Genre: Poetry

Sub-Genre: American

Series Title: Phoenix Poets

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Book theme: General

Author: Maggie Dietz

Language: English

TCIN: 77972359
UPC: 9780226349398
Item Number (DPCI): 247-70-5056


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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