A Diary of Altered Light: Poems

A Diary of Altered Light Poems These poems record the partly predictable partly random representative days in a year which inspire wonder at their swiftness Seasonal time is reflected in the changing angle of sunlight and famili

  • Title: A Diary of Altered Light: Poems
  • Author: James Applewhite
  • ISBN: 9780807131268
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • These poems record the partly predictable, partly random representative days in a year, which inspire wonder at their swiftness Seasonal time is reflected in the changing angle of sunlight, and familial time is marked by birthdays and holiday celebrations Public events take on both a sense of history and a sense of unreality in the bright glare of media attention and shiThese poems record the partly predictable, partly random representative days in a year, which inspire wonder at their swiftness Seasonal time is reflected in the changing angle of sunlight, and familial time is marked by birthdays and holiday celebrations Public events take on both a sense of history and a sense of unreality in the bright glare of media attention and shiny celebrity surfaces All the various time orders in which we live overlay one another a red leaf adrift in a stream is emblematic of autumn s recurrence after years of marriage, a couple s wedding suddenly seems very close.Spurred by the sensation of accelerating days at the turn of the new millennium, James Applewhite explores the interplay of immediate experience and lasting memory, of continuity and change, over time that elusive, ineffable, yet crucial medium of self definition and of understanding the cosmos So I m torn between a now, when I forget the past, in this present alone with frost, not feeling the Earth go fast and the rest, the cosmic radiation I hear as through antennas of branches in air So memory echoes the illusion whereby blossoms come and are gone Sometimes, Earth seems a time machine, a toy against night in its sunlit spin, contriving changes with canted poles, these seasons for the coloring of our souls v from Time Machine About the Author James Applewhite is the author of twelve books of poems, including Quartet for Three Voices Among the many honors he has received are the North Carolina Award in Literature, the Roanoke Chowan Award, the Jean Stein Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and election to the Fellowship of Southern Writers He lives in his native North Carolina, where he is a professor of English at Duke University.

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