Reign of Snakes

Reign of Snakes

Penguin Poets

Robert Wrigley - Author

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ISBN 9780140589191 | 112 pages | 01 Jun 1999 | Penguin | 5.98 x 8.97in | 18 - AND UP
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  • Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
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Described by the late James Dickey as "one of the finest new poets to come along in years," Robert Wrigley fulfills that early promise with this, his newest collection. Reign of Snakes is a book about desire, the soul's desire as much as the body's. As Jane Hirshfield said of Wrigley's previous book, In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (Penguin, 1995), "To read it is to unpeel a little further into the human, and into the wideness that holds the human--a splendid gift." Reign of Snakes takes us to yet another level, deep into the daily devotions, "where the dark blows a kiss to night."

. . . a frigid day in February and a full-grown rattlesnake curled to a comma in the middle of the middle of the just-plowed road. Ice ghost, I think, curve of rock or stubbed-off branch. But the diamonds are there, under a dust of crystals looming, impossible, summer's tattoo, the mythical argyle of evil.

--from "Reign of Snakes"

Reign of Snakes Part One: The Afterlife
Why Do the Crickets Sing?
Dark Forest
Sad Moose
Part Elegy
Having Heard the Moon
Open Grave

Part Two: Amazing Grace
The Pumpkin Tree
The Theory and Practice of Fables
The Knowing
After the Flood
The Burned Cemetery
Wanting God
Our Father

Part Three: Meditation at Bedrock Canyon
Reign of Snakes

Part Four: Night Music
Ice Fishing
More Rain
Prayer for the Winter

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