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Firekeeper: Selected Poems Paperback – September 12, 2005
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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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"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.