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Tickets for a Prayer Wheel (Wesleyan Poetry Series) Paperback – November 12, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 1 edition (November 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819565369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819565365
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“She loves the country below. Like Emerson, she sees the virulence in nature as well as the beauty that entrances her. Annie Dillard is a poet.”—Washington Post Book World

“She has a strange and wonderful mind, and the ability to speak it with enduring grace.”—The New Yorker

“She is a fine wayfarer, one who travels light, reflective and alert to the shrines and holy places.” —New York Times Book Review

“She sees the world with a penetrating eye and presents it to us in a refreshing new dimension…. Masterful.”—Smithsonian

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Annie Dillard is the author of ten books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, as well as An American Childhood, The Living, and Mornings Like This. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and has received fellowship grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in 1945 in Pittsburgh, Dillard attended Hollins College in Virginia. After living for five years in the Pacific Northwest, she returned to the East Coast, where she lives with her family.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Poitra on February 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Very strange stuff is contained in this hard to find book. Annie Dillard is famous for her Pilgrim at Tinker Creek novel. However, I enjoyed this earlier work much more than anything else I have read by her. The poems range from thought provoking, to totally off the wall. Hardly a one of the poems are short of enjoyable. The title poem is worthy of its place on the cover, it struck a chord with me immediately.
Jamie
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Annie Dillard's Tickets For A Prayer Wheel is an impressive and highly recommended collection of lucid poetry, elegantly written in free verse, concerning the mundane, the natural, and the mystical. Matter-of-fact narrative gives way to descriptive elegance of brevity in this inspirational work. Deciduous trees/have dominion. But look on bark;/molds make fruiting bodies/out of air. Winner/take all. Grab/a handle. Earth/rolls down like dolphins dive,/headlong to dark.
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Published the same year as Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, “You tell me your dream/ and I’ll tell you mine”
Perhaps a favorite is excerpt from interview with Borges in 1969 “Chesterton tells us that is someone wished to feed exclusively on mahogany, poetry would not be able to express it”, and then she tried to but swerves into the realm of poetry “ “Love holds him here, / love nails him to the world, this windy wood, as to a cross”. Perhaps she is strongest at the intersection of nature and spirituality … The title poem is also very strong..”Our family is looking /for someone who knows how to pray”. “If God does not tire, still/ we may tire of longing.” There are a few twists from the expected such as The Boston Poems of H* Ch* M*nh, or An Epistemology of Planets. Loren Eisley in reviewing this says “She loves the country below. Like Emerson, she sees the virulence in nature as well as the beauty that entrances here. Annie Dillard is a poet”.
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Having read everything Annie Dillard has published, I finally was able to read this book of her early work.
In it, in each, roots which could not be contained, which wanted more soil.
Her work was so deep and so wide, and I found in its pieces such ambition to say more. And of course, she did say more, so very eloquently and courageously. My most favorite of her work being Holy The Firm.
But these poems show the early light which bloomed later into awesome briliiance..Poems which struck me most in this collection were:
Feast Days - Thanksgiving to Christmas...understanding the holiness of the ground, of the lives of ancestors:
Mound-builders/basketmakers,/cliff-dwellers -/all are gone to the sandhills./Remember Sand Creek!/Remember Wounded knee!...

Arches and Shadows:
before I left. In Trieste I said Promise/you'll always love me, I actually said that,....

Farmer's Daughter: Remember the flood that killed father:/when the water went down, the chickens/lay muddy and drowned. Oh we watch/the weather here on earth; we don't forget....

The personal leads to the universal in these early words.
I'm grateful to have finally seen the beginning work of a genius!
- Suzanne
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