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Eternity in a Grain of Sand : The Most Perfect Silence of Poetry Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 2000

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Editorial Reviews


Jennifer Gross, a Duke freshman from California. . .met Raft while he was selling The After Dark Field Book Sonnets. "I read them nightly to my roommate." (Raft's The After Dark Field Book Sonnets are contained in Eternity in a Grain of Sand). -- The Daily Tar Heel

McGucken's definitely attempting to defy the stereotype of Generation Xers as disinterested layabouts. Hence's pirate theme. -- Book Magazine

McGucken's passion for his cause has caused some tension in his life. A woman he dated disagreed with his views. . . In reply, he wrote "Poetry for a Pristine Girl": And of the pristine feminine I am a fan,/But this culture taught her to live a lie,/ To trade her virtue and become a man." (Poem is included in Eternity in a Grain of Sand) -- The Pittsburgh Tribune

The irony of being a scientist who loves poetry is not lost on McGucken: "There's no way to write down a physical equation that explains love or laughter or tears." -- The Pittsburgh Tribune

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The Most Perfect Silence
I know where the most perfect silence is,
Seen it in the wild blue off Hatteras,
A mile out, rainbowed sails in silent bliss,
Looked like they'd collide, but they safely passed.
I know when the most perfect silence is,
Down a dusty Ohio road, high noon,
No shirt on, being burned by the sun's kiss,
Sixteen, takin' my time--it was still June.
I know what the most perfect silence is,
It's what we say when falling out of love,
It roars and thunders right through the kiss,
Says all that no words can ever speak of.
I know why the most perfect silence is,
It is there for the whisper to be born,
The whisper in her ear became the kiss,
Just a dream in DC early one morn.
I know who the perfect silence is for,
It is for the ones whom we love the best,
It is there to protect them from our core,
By the silent trust we all seek to rest.
And I know how rare that silence can be,
With everyone talkin', it's hard to hear,
But I know I felt it, on the streets of DC,
The sound in her eyes--it was crystal clear.
And it brought back to mind the rainbowed sails,
And the way it looked like they would collide,
Like two souls set upon fate's iron rails,
But the most perfect silence never died.

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback : 210 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1930151101
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1930151109
  • Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
  • Product Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.5 x 9.02 inches
  • Publisher : Classicals & LLC; 1st Edition (June 15, 2000)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.0 out of 5 stars 9 ratings