Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226644103 Published April 1999
Paper $14.00 ISBN: 9780226644110 Published April 1999

Rounding It Out

A Cycle of Sonnetelles

Robert Pack

Rounding It Out
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Robert Pack

58 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1999
Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226644103 Published April 1999
Paper $14.00 ISBN: 9780226644110 Published April 1999
Acclaimed by writers, critics, and readers from Robert Penn Warren to Stephen Jay Gould, Robert Pack is one of the most widely respected poets in America. Pack's newest collection, Rounding It Out, offers a lyric sequence exploring circularity as a musical principle and as a paradigm of the human experience. The imagistic content of the poems, as well as their structure in four sections—morning, midday, evening, night—recall nature's primary rhythm of departure and return, and the dust-to-dust cycle of a completed lifetime.

Rounding It Out is not only about these themes, but also, through reflection, about its own chosen form. Each of the poems is a cross between a sonnet and a villanelle, a formal innovation Pack calls a sonnetelle. Employing meter and rhyme, assonance and alliteration, Pack takes delight and finds consolation in the sensuousness of the English language even in the face of mortality and ongoing personal loss.
Contents
Acknowledgments
I. Morning
Aubade
Invitation
April Dawn
Silent Dew
Comfort
Late Summer Purple
Lilacs
Moose
Reflections
More Mist
Dewdrop
Ripeness
II. Midday
A Covenant
Pruden's Purple
Suspended Noon
Pregnant Goat
Waterfall
Gifted
Your Name
Butterfly Beatitude
Scorpion Flies
First Frost
October Maples
Baled Hay
III. Evening
The Unspoken
Swimmer
Body Praise
September
Leaves in Autumn Wind
Fish Story
Painting a Bird
The Vortex
Inward
Our Kind
Heron
The Aftermath
IV. Night
The Little Ones
Vistas
Stone Thoughts
Because
Our Forefathers
Acid Rain
Nothing
Numbered
Friends
Counting
Leave-Taking
Nocturne
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