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❴Reading❵ ➶ Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems Author Linda Pastan – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems, meaning Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems, genre Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems, book cover Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems, flies Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems, Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems c028b8e177720 Linda Pastan Writes, The Art That Mattered Was The Life Led Fully Stanza By Swollen Stanza That Life Is Portrayed Here, From Memories Of The Poet S Earliest Childhood And The Ambiguities Of Marriage And Love To The Surprises That Come With Age, Always With A Consciousness Of What Is Happening In The Larger World


10 thoughts on “Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems

  1. says:

    Linda Pastan has some wonderful poems in this book, but much like the CDs of Britney Spears, there are a couple hits and a lot of filler While I appreciate the celebration of small moments in poetry, sometimes the focus in Pastan s poems is so small as to be inconsequential But when she s on, she s on, like in the gorgeous A Rainy Country and the charming I Married You She also tends to write poems about writing poetry a lot, which I admit annoys me The fact that so many poets do this is evidence that poets need to get out Still, Pastan does manage one of the best poetry poems I ve ever read Rereading Frost.


  2. says:

    The bookstore I browse through on Main Street of my small town is decent for it s size And though the poetry section takes up a good portion of it, I still always find myself wanting MORE It s central Vermont, so there are shelves of the New England poets, the modern writers who are taught in these parts Very little of color or the world outside of our national borders Even worse, though, is a lack of representation of the rest of American poetry, the blue collar, middle class versifiers I m sure this is common in most bookstores And I know how lucky I am to have than a few shelves to peruse Nothing against the shops themselves.So after weeks of browsing through the poetry offerings, I was surprised to find Linda Pastan there between Garrison Keiller and Walt Whitman I read a couple of random poems, all of which knocked my socks off Or rather, the lyrical and emotional intensity of the poems I d read had me holding my breath, for fear of disturbing the cocoon of the poetic worlds before they finished revealing themselves How could I not finish a poem that started In the walled gardenwhere my illusions grow,the lilac, watered, blooms all winter,and innocence grows like mosson the north side of every tree. In the Walled Garden The images arose like ivy and the musical mythic voice pulled me into the secluded world of her imagination How could I not trust a poet who then Socratically answered the title question of Why Are Your Poems So Dark with a few of her own Isn t the moon dark too,most of the time And doesn t the white page seem unfinishedLastly, the clincher for me buying this book was Things I Didn t Know I Loved , written after a poem by Nazim Hikmet Mostly for nostalgic reasons I guess I discovered Hikmet s poem in high school I can t recall which book it was anthologized in But it was one of those rare poems I needed to photocopy and stick in my back pocket, wherever I went I probably have it with me still, in a moldering box in the basement It doesn t matter The point is that poem fed me for so long, at a time when I needed it Now in my hands was a book by someone who might have known what that meant or was like My reaction to reading Queen of a Rainy Country cover to cover was a mix of slight disappointment and satisfaction.There are a couple ways I read a poetry book straight through most likely, as the author intended it or randomly usually fine for collections The random moment at the bookstore v the straight reading at home proved quite different.In pieces, this book contains small gems of insight into the compromises of living the average life, of writing and leaving the past behind Collected, the book tells of a woman with a lineage she s lost touch with meditating on the obligations of age and persistence of death As a whole, Pastan writes about writing and looking back Instead of a collection of poetic moments as I thought I might be getting , I got a life, reflected upon Disappointed yet satisfied, as I might possibly find myself one day, looking back.And that is the other thing I see in this book a mirror of my future poetic life or one to model from There will be that looking back time in my life, when it comes, when all those trying times have been written and published, when my voice has been heard and the need to call out has subdued After the awards and citations, where will I be Perhaps living my life as a book, already written I could be satisfied with Linda Pastan s version of poetics and passions all grown up This is either fact or prophecy my one life no than a spool Thought Upon Waking


  3. says:

    Linda Pastan s poems are so deceptive, and that is one of the things I love best about them Their surfaces are calm, seemingly simple and the emotions underneath that calm are so complex, powerful, deep I keep being amazed by that juxtaposition, over and over It s true Pastan s subjects someone else mentioned this are traditional ones, but they re traditional for a reason because people care about them, because they re universal and she writes about them with such honesty, clarity.


  4. says:

    A friend sent me this book, and though I don t often read entire volumes of poetry not at one go, anyway I thoroughly enjoyed this.Pastan has an easy, clear style All of the poems are free verse, as far as I can remember, and the language is very straightforward Her poems on nature and weather and how the emotions are affected by these two were particularly appealing to me.


  5. says:

    Pastan s work here ranges from the startling image to run of the mill word play and musings on life in art This could probably be said of most compilations of poetry, but lucky for the reader, the startling outweighs the everyday in Queen of a Rainy Country, particularly during the fourth chapter of the book.At the very least, one gets a full sense of her concerns in the volume, which contains a section primarily considering heritage, a section considering marriage, a section considering poetry s whims, and a section concerning death and the blankness it imposes I initially picked up the book because I was fascinated by its first four poems, all holding or conjuring images of white sheets of paper coming to colorful life in the form of memories or imaginings As I read, this image reappeared again and again, soon dripping with rain and snaking through the flowers in nearby fields.Less involving are some of her shorter poems on the art form and her reasons for tackling it but even these pieces have snowballed so by the fourth section of the book that art becomes a tool of preparing for death, and life before death Just like Pastan s other examinations, when I really think about it She is a poet of deep thought of seemingly simple execution on closer examination, Queen of a Rainy Country is a collection of twilight thoughts than thrown together poetry.


  6. says:

    This is another brilliant quiet collection from Linda Pastan While there is nothing particularly surprising or innovative here, I say that as a compliment This is vintage Pastan and there s no reason to change the way you ferment a wine that s already robust and delicious One thing conceptually that seems to be happening here, which I ve noticed in her other recent collections, is that Pastan is growing older It s delightful to read how such a sensitive master of her craft deals with the common tropes of aging and impending death Two poems that speak to this process and to how writing fits into the equation are Rereading Frost, and All I Want To Say The title of the collection derives from its last poem, A Rainy Country, in which Pastan declares I am the queen of a rainy countrypowerless and grown old Another morningwith its quaint obligations newspaperbacon grease, rattle of dishes and bones This is what I meant when I wrote that Pastan is confronting her mortality often in this collection But I disagree with her contention in the second line Pastan is not only NOT powerless, this collection and her newest find Pastan still at the pinnacle of artistic powers I am thankful she is still using them for good.


  7. says:

    Another stellar collection of poetry by Pastan Although she dips into familiar territory alphabets Why the recurring use of alphabets , she does break new ground by addressing old age, September 11, and her childhood Her nature poems are pretty average, but it is when she addresses paintings, obscure news articles, and the act of poetry itself that Pastan truly shines I especially enjoyed Poems for Sale, For the Sake of the Poem, Rereading Frost, What We Are Capable Of, and why are your poems so dark Go out and get your hands on some Linda Pastan poetry You will be delighted just as when a child sings through the alphabet song for the first time without adding or subtracting any letters Okay, Linda You win The alphabet is pretty cool.


  8. says:

    Deceptively simple, casually precise, stylishly candid these are the earmarks of a Pastan poem Washington Post Her work is accessible in a good way , intriguing, and relevantPastan is a poet s poet, but she is also a poet for the masses And this is exactly the kind of poet I feel like reading in today s confusing and often terrifying times Rattle Elegantly simple poemsHer verse is flecked with dry humor and moments of joyHer conciseness, wit, and housebound sensibility earn comparisons to Emily Dickinson Pittsburgh City Paper


  9. says:

    Though I could do without all of the poems about writing poems barf , and I would definitely rearrange the sequence so as to put some space between pieces about the same thing I really enjoyed this book Nothing flashy, just some solid observation and for the most part tight lines Pastan s voice keeps it pretty real which I dug, although I can see why some readers would find the lack of poetic jazz hands boring.


  10. says:

    I like her sparse lines and how she can turn one image and make it stand out in a short poem It feels a little lighter than I expected, but I want to read her best selected Carnival Evening Some of her poems about marriage, the post 9 11 poems and the last poem which has the line she takes the title from are the poems I liked in particular.


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