- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158729527X
- ISBN-13: 978-1587295270
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On Retirement: 75 Poems Paperback – April 1, 2007
Comfortably retired coeditors Chapman and Strasser are under no illusions about what the English euphemize as superannuation and what many Americans feel is being told they're too old to cut the mustard. The 75 poets they showcase aren't normal retirees. They are normal enough human beings, though, appreciative of delights and sorrows that resonate with everyone who is or can imagine being old. Some of them are young or distanced enough to write out of imaginative sympathy rather than personal experience. Jeri McCormick envisions the last working day of the male subject of "Bureaucrat Tells How," and Wesley McNair assesses the "Old Guys" who gather to "oversee" any construction in the vicinity. Ted Kooser repairs to his memory of an old woman making "Applesauce" in her kitchen looking out on Iowa. But Stephanie Kaplan Cohen doesn't dodge age as she recalls the joyous, exhausting "Visitation" of children with little grandchildren, and Carolyn Kizer indelibly limns the skittish dance of aging children and aged mothers in the brilliant "Parents' Pantoum." Ray Olson
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