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Love and the Soul

In Love and the Soul’s title poem, a male speaker asks "not to believe/that what lights up the world from within is always the wrong thing" and is answered by a female speaker midway through the book who says "I don’t think men and women/are meant to have relationships any more." Between these poles, Williamson’s powerful collection explores the enormous burden of expectation that our culture has placed on love and its gifts to the soul.

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74 pages | 6-1/4 x 8-1/2 | © 1995

Phoenix Poets


Table of Contents

The Author Reconsiders
Love and the Soul
Two People in Two Houses on a Hill
April and May
Wires at Inspiration Point
Letter to Santa Fe
November and December
The Puccini Record Again, after a Year
The Etruscan Couple in the Villa Giulia
Deb’s Dream about Pavese
The Minoan Distance
Domestic Architecture
Wide-Angle Shot: Return to Snowy River
The Ambivalent Man
Forest Street
Rilke’s Argument with Don Giovanni
The Moments
Your Forest-Moonlight Picture
Toward the New Year
Unanticipated Mirrors
Fire and Flood
Highway Restaurant
For My Daughter, Leaving

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