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The Total Light Process

The Total Light Process: New & Selected Poems

James Baker Hall
Series: Kentucky Voices
Copyright Date: 2004
Pages: 288
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    The Total Light Process
    Book Description:

    Nationally acclaimed poet, photographer, filmmaker, and novelist James Baker Hall has long been regarded as one of Kentucky's most profound artists. Hall's growing body of work is an essential part of Kentucky's literary tradition, and yet his poetry in particular transcends the borders of the Commonwealth.

    The Total Light Processcollects poems spanning Hall's celebrated career as well as new poems that have never before been published. The subjects of Hall's poems range from humorous and revealing portraits of his fellow writers and friends Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan, and Gurney Norman, to the traumatic experience of his mother's suicide when he was eight years old, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the tragic murder of Matthew Shepherd.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5748-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[viii])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [ix]-[xii])
  3. from Getting It On Up to the Brag (1975) and Fast Signing Mute (1992)

    • The Poet Finds an Ephemeral Home in a Truck Stop on the New Jersey Turnpike, ca. 1970
      (pp. 3-5)
    • Captain Kentucky
      (pp. 6-7)
    • Gurney Norman, Kentucky Coal Field Orphan, Is Gurney Stronger Than History, or What?
      (pp. 8-9)
    • The Mad Farmer Stands Up in Kentucky for What He Thinks Is Right
      (pp. 10-10)
    • Saturday Night, College Town, South, Young Fellow, Not Much Style, Waits for Score, in Earmuffs
      (pp. 11-12)
    • The Modern Chinese History Professor Plays Pool Every Tuesday and Thursday after Dinner with His Favorite Student
      (pp. 13-13)
    • The American Love Song of the Mean Mary Jean Machine
      (pp. 14-14)
    • The Family of Man Resides in the House of Philosophy
      (pp. 15-15)
    • Rough Ride
      (pp. 16-18)
    • Stuffing It
      (pp. 19-21)
    • New Morning
      (pp. 22-22)
    • Moment
      (pp. 23-23)
    • Item One in a General Theory of Things
      (pp. 24-24)
    • Grace Abounding to the Least of Sinners
      (pp. 25-25)
    • The Master at His Early Morning
      (pp. 26-28)
  4. from Her Name (1981)

  5. from Stopping on the Edge to Wave (1988)

  6. from The Mother on the Other Side of the World (1999)

  7. from Praeder’s Letters (2002)

    • from section ONE of Praeder’s Letters
      (pp. 161-198)
    • from section TWO of Praeder’s Letters
      (pp. 199-204)
    • from section THREE of Praeder’s Letters
      (pp. 205-214)
    • from section FOUR of Praeder’s Letters
      (pp. 215-226)
  8. New Poems