Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

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Copper Canyon Press, 2003 - 85 pages
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Braided Creek contains more than 300 poems exchanged in this longstanding correspondence. Wise, wry, and penetrating, the poems touch upon numerous subjects, from the natural world to the nature of time. Harrison and Kooser decided to remain silent over who wrote which poem, allowing their voices, ideas, and images to swirl and merge into this remarkable suite of lyrics.

Each time I go outside the world
is different. This has happened
all my life.
*
The moon put her hand
over my mouth and told me
to shut up and watch.
*
A nephew rubs the sore feet
of his aunt,
and the rope that lifts us all toward grace
creaks on the pulley.
*
Under the storyteller's hat
are many heads, all troubled.

Jim Harrison, one of America's best-loved writers, is author of two dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, food criticism, and memoir. He is best known for a collection of novellas, Legends of the Fall, and the epic novel Dalva. He lives in western Montana and southern Arizona.

Ted Kooser is the author of eight collections of poetry and a prose memoir. His poetry appears regularly in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Nation. He lives in Nebraska.

 

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User Review  - JBreedlove - LibraryThing

Great quasi-haiku back and forth. Sometimes inane but often thoughtful and image provoking. Read full review

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User Review  - Sunni - Goodreads

A look at a correspondence between two great poets. The book is snippets of their poetry that captures their daily lives and concerns. Beautiful reading and great for people who want to read poetry ... Read full review

Contents

The Bell
5
The Wounded One
11
Bread Crumbs
17
country of
27
Looking at My Father
34
A Boys Body
43
The Hearing Aid
50
A Beginning
59
The Siesta
201
How do you begin a poem?
252
The Painting
261
The Daughter
267
After the Divorce
274
The Asylum
281
Young Woman Paris 1948
287
To My Students Father
299

The Abandoned House
67
The Wedding Party
73
The Amputee
77
Things
83
The Color of Grief
93
Back Then
101
Wild Guesses
108
Letter of Recommendation from My Father
115
The Abandoned Garden
123
The Key
131
The Mystery
140
My Sisters Garden
166
The White Star of Hope
185
The Cave
191
The Distance
305
Compassion
311
The Island
320
Fathers Day
333
Paradise Lost
343
Sunday Night
351
Sicily
357
The Artist
365
On the Way to the Museum
366
Double Doors
372
Rapture
383
Index of Titles
389
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Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books, including Legends of the Fall, Dalva, and Shape of the Journey. His work has been translated into two dozen languages and produced as four feature-length films. In 2007, Mr. Harrison was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona. As Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser launched the weekly poetry column "American Life in Poetry," which appears in over 100 newspapers nationwide. He is the author of ten books of poems, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Delights & Shadows. He lives in Nebraska.

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