To the Bramble and the Briar: Poems by Steve Scafidi (Paperback)Steve Scafidi (author)
Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 30/05/2014
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To the Bramble and the Briar is a magical biography that renders the development of Abraham Lincoln's vision in all of its clumsiness and beauty. We see Lincoln as unromanticized, deeply human-whether reading Shakespeare out loud at the bottom of a well or sitting with a bucket over his head after Bull Run. We meet Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, as well as unnamed witnesses: a courtroom stenographer typing Lincoln's words in Illinois; a teenage girl lifted out of slavery by a kite in the shape of a swordfish; and two anonymous workers charged with opening Lincoln's grave. With young Tad Lincoln, we see-as a man is tarred and feathered, his two sons standing by-that `One day the world ends / right in front of you.' Especially poignant-both funny and filled with sorrow-is the love story between Mary and Abraham, a husband who would come to his wife's room "every night to kiss / at nine-thirty and then / at ten to undo her / some more."
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 113 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 8 mm
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