What the Light Was Like

Luci Shaw

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Retail Price: $12.00
Subject Category: Poetry
Length: 79 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: paper
Published: August 2006
ISBN: 978-0-9743427-9-5

 

“This is what a sacramental poetry sounds like,” says fellow poet Paul Mariani of Luci Shaw’s new collection, What the Light Was Like. Shaw holds up both world and words to the light, revealing to us what has been there all along and teaching us how to see it for ourselves—with honesty, precision and patience.

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Section 1: Outside [PDF]

Table of Contents

Foreword

Outside

Tenting, Burr Trail, Long Canyon, Escalante
Singing bowl
The simple dark
Into the blue, Alaska
Moving
As iron on iron
Getting on board
Without a shadow
Present
The blue eyeball
Pink

Inside

Botticelli's Madonna and Child, with Saints
Fertility
Manna
Life drawing
Breath
Memory holds
Sensing
Anchored
Rounding
Mending
What James didn't say about the tongue
Crossing

Downside

Time travel
Storm at La Push, Olympic Peninsula
The redress
How to raise faultless flowers
In reverse
If I'm lucky
Tolerance
Deluge
Tsunami
The grit on the track
Without words

Upside

Christa's apples
Doctor's office
Draw me
Revival
The fixer-upper
God speaks in blue
Light gathering, January
Moon shine
Next to godliness
Peterson's privy
Small change
Wrong turn
Without regret

About Luci Shaw