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Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? Hardcover – February 12, 1983

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Lyrical and cadent, dramatic and sometimes playful, these poems speak of love, longing, parting; of freedom and shattered dreams; of Saturday-night partying and the smells and sounds of Southern cities.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (February 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394521447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394521442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,289,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John C. Legg on April 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I liked! Found Shaker (1983) (at the goodwell). Haven't read poetry in years. I have summaried some of the poems based on what they mean to me. My meanings may not be correct or could be entirely different from what you may think they mean. Memorable poems for me are *****ed.

A good Woman feeling Bad - Despair. In a blue funk.

***** The Health-Food Diner - Funny. A song to all those carnivores out there.

A Georgia Song - Bittersweet. Remembering the South, good, the not so good, past wrongs, and new dreams.

Unmeasured Tempo - Sad. Too little to late. Acting to late or not big enough.

***** Amoebaean for Daddy - Deeply sad. Disrespect shown to a husand/father by the females in his life.

Recovery - Uplifting. Don't let failure stop you from stepping into the light.

Impeccable Conception - Weird/no sure what is meant. Inspiration from non-inspiring events. Hiding from life? Creating art?

***** Caged Bird - Hope, dream, persist. When you're not free, all you can do is sing of freedom.

Avec Merci, Mother - Strange. Any mother's feeling toward her child and the child's father? Mary sees Jesus crying sees God.

Arrival - Strange/weird expectation. Electric homecoming just beyond the door.

A Plagued Journey - Discourged. Night into Day into Night. Cycling: Hope Despair Hope Despair. . .

Starvation - Desperation. Implore good to come in because kids are hungry and rent is due.

Contemporary Announcement - There will be good times and bad.

Martial Choreograph - Youth, preocupied, and unfamiliar with failure - show me too how to be like you.

To A Suitor - Advice: Persist and you'll be rewarded.
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