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All That Might Be Done (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series) Paperback – February 4, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie Mellon (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887485812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887485817
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Stunning, deeply engaging poems which not only enlarge a reader’s heart, but magically give us our own lives, and the lives we care about, back again.” (Naomi Shihab Nye)

About the Author

SAMUEL GREEN has been Visiting Professor at Southern Utah University, Western Wyoming Community College, Colorado College, and Seattle University. Among his eleven collections of poems is The Grace of Necessity, which won the 2008 Washington State Book Award for Poetry. Other honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and an Artist Trust Fellowship in Literature.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Nichols on February 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
Samuel Green’s poetry has the power to take you places that may only exist in the stories you may have heard. He reminds of us the harshness experienced in tougher times with, “My Mother, Fetching a Switch”. In “Diagnosis”, Samuel has us look face to face with hope and courage. For his friends who sailed or worked the seas in or out of uniform he offers deep insight into the call of the sea, especially in “Checking the Boat at Night in a Storm”. If you are not already a fan of Mr. Green, you will become one after this collection of poetry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dollar Boss on March 24, 2014
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I met Sam Green forty some years ago when we hired him as a resume writer for our career consulting firm. Of the many writers we hired, Sam is the most memorable for his creativeness, positive relationships with clients in interviewing people he had no idea what they did, yet digging and probing, synthesizing the information and, accurately portraying their work and effectively describing their experience while setting them above others and "selling" them on paper like no other writer ever mastered.

Why the story? Because, Sam takes experiences and observations from his environment, sees them clearly with his creative mind and captures a reality lesser writers miss. I laughed, got misty eyed, "Aaahed," wondered, and marveled at Sam's stunning capture of even the most common of occurrences. I especially enjoyed: "Checking the Boat at Night in a Storm," "Knots," "Old Men on the Dock,'" "Shine," and many others.

This is a great collection of poems. Apparently, living on Waldron Island is beneficial to ones' insight and clarity.

I remember Sam commenting, in humor, he "Felt like God." Why? I asked, he commented, "On occasion in writing resumes, I create 'humans' from clay." Well, Sam can take even otherwise unremarkable events and turn them into "memories."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Biringer on June 14, 2014
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I made the mistake of reading this through the first time in one sitting (I couldn't stop) - I was an emotional basketcase for the rest of the day. Since then, I have gone back and enjoyed it several times, but only in small bites.

The "Angry Bird" on the cover should be understood literally - Sam Green spills his blood and guts in this powerful collection, pulling back all the veils to reveal the naked truth of the love, loss, wisdom, folly, tears, and laughter constituting the very fabric of his own soul - thus of our own. A master work by a master poet. Be warned, if you buy "All That Might Be Done" you will weep - but it will be a good weep, and balanced by sudden, unexpected belly-laughs, sometimes occurring simultaneously! What a wonderful ride.
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