Long Walks in the Afternoon: Poems (Paperback)Margaret Gibson (other)
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Beginning with poems that struggle against illusion, egotism, and emptiness, the collection progresses to poems that challenge violence, social violence against women, political violence in east Asia and Chilek and in ""Radiation,"" the violence that still reverberates from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
We made the scars and the radiant air.
We made people invisible as numbers.
We did this.
In a final section, the desire to know and claim the self is transformed in a sequence of elegies into ""the passion to lose myself in work"" and in love and in the world, to be ""no one."" The meditative mood of Gibson's poems becomes a movement against isolation, a wrestle with our roots and common bonds, and a way of challenging the self to be more openly aligned with creative forces, and to speak out against dishonesty, injustice, chaos, and war.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Number of pages: 63
Weight: 113 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 10 mm
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