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Author Madgett, Naomi Cornelia Long, author

Title You are my joy and pain : love poems / Naomi Long Madgett
Published Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Series Made in Michigan Writers Series
Made in Michigan writers series.
Contents Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- A Promise of Sun -- Good News -- Next Spring -- Without -- Wedding Song -- Arrival -- For You -- Deep -- Small Wind -- Signature -- Old Shoe -- Old Wine -- Song for a Season -- Anniversary Song -- Trinity: A Dream Sequence -- Trinity: A Dream Sequence -- Stormy Weather -- Misconception -- Where Do We Go? -- Seasons Have to Pass -- After Parting -- Funereal -- How Shall I Face the Dawn? -- Two -- Congenital -- If Not in Summer -- If There Were Songs to Sing -- Discards -- Afterthought -- Post-Script -- Star Journey -- The Divorcee
Souvenir -- If Love Were All -- Haiku #2 -- Again -- The Prisoners -- Somewhere in the City -- Time Is No Thief -- Always -- Nocturne II: Still -- Severance -- Without Condition -- Packrat -- Never Without Remembrance -- Impressions -- No Choice -- The Time Is Now -- Clock -- About the Author
Summary You Are My Joy and Pain is Naomi Long Madgett's latest and possibly most endearing poetry collection. Bill Harris, a 2011 Kresge Foundation Eminent Artist, said of the book, "Even with the evidence of over a half-century or more of first-rate poetic artistry by Madgett, this collection is a breath-arresting surprise and delight. Poem-by-poem and section-by-section amaze. Each poem in the collection is a master class in technique and in her ability to transpose an idea into a tightly composed example of the craft of poetry." You Are My Joy and Pain receives its name from the Billie Holiday song "Don't Explain" and is divided into three parts. The first part, "A Promise of Sun," contains fourteen poems relating to the hopeful and joyful beginning of a new relationship. The second part, "Trinity: A Dream Sequence," consists of twenty poems with religious imagery and encompasses both the beginning and the end of a relationship. The third part, "Stormy Weather," includes thirty-two poems that relate to the heartbreaking experience of a love gone wrong. These are not love poems in the abstract--the richness with which Madgett writes hints at the firsthand experience of a lifetime of loving. While several anthologies of love poems exist in the world, it is rare to find a single-author collection that so closely examines love in all of its messy and beautiful layers. Readers will identify with the hope and disappointment that Madgett presents in these poems
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 10, 2020)
Subject Love -- Poetry.
Interpersonal relations -- Poetry
Interpersonal relations
Genre/Form Poetry
Love poetry
Love poetry.
Po├ęsie d'amour.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814348025
Other Titles Poems. Selections