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Summer Celestial (American Poetry Series) Paperback – September, 1985

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Product Details

  • Series: American Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco Pr; First Edition, First Printing edition (September 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880010843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880010849
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,472,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After Rilke
After Whistler
American Ash
Another November
Button Money
Chinese Tallow
Commelina Virginica
Dark All Afternoon
Fifth & 94th
Ground Birds In Open Country
In Passing
Lapsed Meadow
The Missionary Position
My Mother's Feet
Nag's Head
Posthumous Keats
Promising The Air
Snowing, Sometimes
Summer Celestial
Tree Ferns
Two Moments, For My Mother
Virginia Beach
Waders And Swimmers
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jen hatala on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Stanley Plumly is one of my very favorite poets, and one of my greatest influences. Three of the poems from this collection stand out in particular: "After Whistler"; "Promising The Air"; and "Maples". "After Whistler" includes such turns of phrase as "There in the calendar dark" which are words you feel physically and understand emotionally.
In "Promising The Air", Plumly describes a woman who dreams of a small boy and cries for him in her sleep, and he finishes the poem by dedicating it to her and "for the boy"-- which is a Stevens-like abstraction of acknowledging the real force and presence of the dream boy.
In "Maples", Plumly describes a vacation with his parents, the "honey moon" in the trees, and driving along the road in the dark.
I am describing all of these poems from memory because I know them so well; Plumly is one of the most important contemporary poets we have and deserves far more attention.
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