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"It’s rare . . . that we pick up a book of poetry and . . . fall in love with it. . . . It happened with Firekeeper" -- RALPH: The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities, October 2005

About the Author

PATTIANN ROGERS has received a number of awards for her poetry. She won the Voertman Poetry Award for The Expectations of Light from the Texas Institute of Letter in 1982, two awards from Poetry - the Bess Hokin Prize and the Eunice Tietjens Prize - and two from Poetry Northwest - the Young Poet's Prize and the Theodore Roethke Prize. She received a Guggenheim fellowship for 1984-1985 and two NEA grants, in 1982 and 1988.
Rogers is visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the faculty at the Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier. She has been the Richard Hugo Poet-in-Residence at the University of Montana and poet-in-residence at the Robert Frost Place. Other books by Rogers are The Tattoed Lady in the Garden (Wesleyan, 1986), Legendary Performance, and The Only Holy Window (a chapbook). She was graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1961 (B.A.) and from the University of Houston in 1981 (M.A.). Her home is in Stafford, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions; 2nd edition (September 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571314210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571314215
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By William B. Jones on November 21, 2011
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Pattiann Rogers is a stunning poet, one whom I was delighted to hear in person at Chautauqua Institute, New York. When invited to bring poems to share on retreat, I was equally delighted to find a second-hand copy of her "Firekeeper" at a bookstore outside Ithaca. Oddly, though, the selections in the older, purple-covered edition I picked up there and the newer, red one I had left at home do not match up entirely. Thus you will find her exquisite "The Power of Sun" in the former, but not in the latter.

"Someone said my real name to me
last night...And I rose easily to my name
as if over the rim of earth at dawn..."

-- from "The Power of Sun", Pattiann Rogers ("Firekeeper" 1994)

Also among the missing in the "expanded", 2005 edition from the "Old Spiral of Conception" poems, themselves new to the 1994 "Firekeeper", are "The Need to Adore", "God Alone", and "Another Little God".

It would seem the gatherings of Pattiann Rogers' previous works in one volume run:
1. Firekeeper - Selected [and New] Poems (1994)
2. Song of the World Becoming - Poems New and Collected (2001)
3. Firekeeper "Revised and Expanded" (2005 -- adds poems selected from books published after original "Firekeeper", while omitting some earlier ones from that prior selection)

Firekeeper II is a fine survey of her wider compass over time; Firekeeper I/Song of the World Becoming is required for a full reading of the "Old Spiral of Conception" poems. Also of note: in "The Dream of the Marsh Wren: Writing As Reciprocal Creation", Rogers offers insight into her creative process.
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I can't beieve this book is not reviewed more than it is. I am a lover of poetry and of all my books, this is number 1. I come back to it again and again. The beauty and depth and complexity are beyond any contemporary American poet I know of. She captures eros like no one else I know and allows me to actually experience it as i read her words--not just know it as an abstract concept. I am so grateful to Ms. Rogers for her work. I tell as many people as i can about it, and hope the word spreads.
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Now in a revised and expanded edition featuring contemporary woman poet Pattiann Rogers' own selection from her work, including poems from her five published books since the first edition of "Firekeeper" was released in 1994, Firekeeper: Selected Poems is an anthology of free- verse poetry dwelling upon reflective human insights and the workings of the mind while observing day to day life in both civilization and the wild. The poems are brief yet paint a rich and contemplative canvas awash with imagery of the natural world. Second Witness: The only function of the red-cupped fruit / Hanging from the red stem of the sassafras / Is to reveal the same shiny blue orb of berry / Existing in me. // The only purpose of the row of hemlocks blowing / On the rocky ridge is to give form to the crossed lines / and clicking twigs, the needle- leaf matrix / Of evergreen motion I have always possessed....
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Love her work. Thought provoking, sometimes humorous, full of delightful imagery throughout. What an extraordinary view of the world and life.
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I am just starting to explore her work and i have been writing out small lines that i really like.
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