Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems about Marriage

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Ginny Lowe Connors
Grayson Books, 2003 - Poetry - 284 pages
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PROPOSING ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE: Poems About Marriage, edited by Ginny Lowe Connors. In this inspiring collection of poetry, more than 100 contemporary American poets write about marriage. Wendell Berry, Stephen Dunn, X. J. Kennedy, Stanley Kunitz, Sharon Olds, Marge Piercy, and Richard Wilbur are just a few of the poets represented. In PROPOSING ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, the reader will discover poems for weddings and anniversaries, along with reflections on nearly every aspect of married life. Like Connors' earlier anthology, ESSENTIAL LOVE, this book gives an in-depth look at a topic of nearly universal interest. "Contemporary American poetry about married life inhabits a terrain of the soul that ranges from magnificent to parched with loneliness. This anthology inquires into the precarious expedition of marriage, charting its hopes and risks. Readers will find words in this volume that stir a potent gasp of recognition. The situation of marriage may exist in profound flux, yet these poems convey the essential sacred mysteries at the heart of human partnership." --Melanie Drane, Foreword Magazine. Order through Baker and Taylor, Ingram, or call 1-800-247-6553.
 

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Contents

The Riddle of Three Words Norbert Krapf
3
TOGETHER
6
Courtship Annie Finch
9
The Wedding Shower Beadrin Youngdahl
15
For a Wedding in a Week of Devastation X J Kennedy
21
Omens Alan Feldman
28
An Epithalamium Annie Finch
34
Bridge of Birds I Erin Noteboom
40
First Strawberries Jan Worth
119
A Man and a Woman Alan Feldman
127
The Infidelity of Sleep Marge Piercy
133
We Are Civilized Ginny Lowe Connors
139
The Happily Married Bachelor DC Berry
145
Divorcing F Richard Thomas
152
Diminuendo Stephen Dunn
159
Skating Lessons Zack Rogow
165

The Beautiful Alive Alone Illusion Marilyn Krysl
45
Beard April Lindner
51
Playing Possum JeffWorley
57
Jump Start Mary Laufer
63
The Lover Barbara Helfgott Hyett
70
The First Moment Cassie Premo Steele
76
APART
80
Our Children Coming of Age Wendell Berry
82
Alive Together Lisel Mueller
87
Folding Sheets Richard Broderick
93
Domestic Love Rasma Haidri
100
All Clear Richard Broderick
107
At the Metolius River We Walk in Falling Snow I Judith
113
Parties Must Be Appropriately Dressed Susan Eisenberg
168
Love Poem to My Husband of ThirtyOne Years Maria Mazziotti
174
The Country of Marriage Wendell Berry
181
On Faith Cecilia Woloch
187
Cut Open a Papaya My Husband Reads His UFO Journal
194
The Marriage Barbara Adams
200
Housewife Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
207
Watershed Nancy Kerrigan Jarasek
213
Judith Serin
214
Valentine Peter Makuck
227
For Acer and all the Years Maude Meehan
240
INDEX OF CONTRIBUTORS
272
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Connors teaches English in a Connecticut middle school.

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