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Red Clay Weather

Red Clay Weather

Reginald Shepherd
Edited and with a foreword by Robert Philen
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    Red Clay Weather
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    "Among other things, Shepherd has always been an elemental poet. His work abounds with the imagery and motifs of water and fire, and while those elements are important here, it is air and earth that are the more dominant elements in this collection. . . .Clay, red clay in particular, recurs several times throughout the collection as a motif of earth. It is the substance of creation, but always of impermanent things, whether heroes or Babylonian statues with feet of clay, or of things durable but fragile, such as the cuneiform tablets of 'A Parking Lot Just Outside the Ruins of Babylon.'"-Robert Philen, from the Foreword

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-7830-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Robert Philen

    Reginald Shepherd died September 10, 2008, after a difficult bout with cancer. Before his death, he had carefully selected the poems that make up this collection, so that the individual poems and the selection of poems for this collection were wholly his work. What he did not have time to do before his death was to arrange the sequence of the poems.

    Shepherd was very concerned not only with each individual poem’s being as perfect as possible at doing what it needed or wanted to do but also with the coherence of a poetry collection. This collection, like all his...

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