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A diverse display of formal dexterity, narrative power, and lyrical resonance, Peter Filkins's latest collection of poems explores the fraught relationship between the natural world and the human.

Exploring the space between nature and culture, the poems of Water / Music anchor themselves in the timely and the timeless. Rich and diverse in their formal intricacy, they move with ease from narrative to meditation, from close physical observation to the haunts of memory, and from lyric sorrow to the pleasure of living in the world. Water / Music embraces and celebrates life's mystery and the soul…

A diverse display of formal dexterity, narrative power, and lyrical resonance, Peter Filkins's latest collection of poems explores the fraught relationship between the natural world and the human.

Exploring the space between nature and culture, the poems of Water / Music anchor themselves in the timely and the timeless. Rich and diverse in their formal intricacy, they move with ease from narrative to meditation, from close physical observation to the haunts of memory, and from lyric sorrow to the pleasure of living in the world. Water / Music embraces and celebrates life's mystery and the soul's repose amid "talismans at twilight, the whir of birds."

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Peter Filkins fixes his gaze on what we make of nature, and what disinterested nature makes of us. Here we are: earthbound, fleeting, spiritual beings with our longings, silences, and aggressions, but also makers of history, with its 'chalk-dry taste,' and makers of the past, with its smell of hay and smoky turf lingering in our traffic-laden hours. These poems, precise and beautifully tuned, resonate with all the complexities of our times.

Peter Filkins's lovely, searching poems address a multitude of subjects with a singular coherence of vision, probing deep into the realms of politics, art, and the natural world with the attentive intelligence and the joy in getting things right that together form the hallmark of a true poet. This is a collection built to last.

History is the subject of much of this fine book, but not the history of exclusivity or the spoils of winners, but of ideas, of feelings, of sensibilities. Filkins engages with both the political and personal, the natural and the intellectual, and animating all of these marvelous poems is a keen moral sensibility that finds its home in rigorously made, sonorous, enduring poems.

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Trim Size
5.5
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8.5
Pages
112
ISBN
9781421440088
Table of Contents

Part I
In Vivo
Uterine Vellum
Augustine's Vision
Auden's Glasses
The Hitler Bug
Triptych
Blood Moon Blues
Facial Recognition
Nobody's Road
To the Coming Disaster
Part II
Aubade
Little Problem
Ashore
Willow
Rain
Solst

Part I
In Vivo
Uterine Vellum
Augustine's Vision
Auden's Glasses
The Hitler Bug
Triptych
Blood Moon Blues
Facial Recognition
Nobody's Road
To the Coming Disaster
Part II
Aubade
Little Problem
Ashore
Willow
Rain
Solstice
Nadir
Narcissi
Credo
Nocturne
Part III
Water Lilies
Landscape
Sun Through Snow
Soundboard
Happy Trails
The Wild Boar
Late Elegy for Seamus Heaney
Annaghmakerrig
Epiphany
Poem
Part IV
Crows
Augury
False Cardinal
Forecast
Cockles
Arrowhead
The Toad
The Bass
Oracle
Starlings
For the Birds
Turtle
Part V
Writings
Moonlight
Boldini's Catch
Shell
At Anchor
O
The Hours
A Soft Day
Making Hay
Day In, Day Out
Envoy
Notes on the Poems
Acknowledgments

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Peter Filkins

Peter Filkins is a poet who teaches writing and literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He is the author of What She Knew and After Homer as well as the chapbook Augustine's Vision. He has also translated the poetry and novels of Ingeborg Bachmann and the novels of H. G. Adler.