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THIS RARE EARTH AND OTHER FLIGHTS
Author: Thomas F. Sheehan
Genre: Poetry Collection (
34 poems, 96 pages)
Registry #: poe007

 

In this collection of 34 poems, which have 27 previous appearances in periodicals and magazines, the poet's eye crosses the threshold of ordinary life and touches family, town, neighbors, loss and the threat of loss, as he treats the voyage of this planet through space and time, in a quest for grace and truth. Here he searches the difficult subjects of what poetry is all about, love and death and loss. He evokes the fears, sorrows and joys of this one-time trip. Separated as a child from his father at a Red Sox game, he says in Night Forgery, "When he found me/pawed, frayed, diminished/he said he'd never leave me again./This soft forging/in the night grass/is a kept word, a vow." Streetlight is familiar as sneakers,/an old wallet your hip knows,/a belt you lean against all day." Here is where you can enter a poem with a just perception, dawdle where you will, perhaps to reread the simple terms to reach the intended experience.

 

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