Jul 302016

Grasmere: A Book of Days

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Grasmere: A Book of Days


Authored by
H. A. Maxson

4 February
Midges or small flies spinning in the sunshine
that filters late afternoon through the Plain trees.
I stop to watch the mass of them twisting as one.
I lean on the gate to stare. Days grow shorter
as midges or small flies are spinning in the sunshine
to punctuate that truth. And I think of the Master, Issa,
who would have fabricated a whole poem, a world
from midges or small flies spinning in the sunshine.

Collaborating with the Dead
In 2007-2008, I concocted an experiment I called the Quotidian Project in which I wrote the first draft of a new poem every day for a year. In fact it went beyond a year and I wrote 411 new poems in 389 days. Much was dreck—as would be expected—but many poems, revised, were better than I could have expected.

To jumpstart a poem-a-day I came up with a number of prompts—some more successful than others. One that yielded some very interesting poems came from borrowing passages from Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal, excerpts of which appeared in a textbook I was using at the time.
~~H. A. Maxson

About the author:
H. A. Maxson is the author of 17 books-5 collections of poetry (Turning the Wood, Walker in the Storm, The Curley Poems, Hook and Lemon Light); a book-length poem (The Walking Tour: Alexander Wilson in America) and a novel in free verse (Brother Wolf); two novels (The Younger and Comfort-co-authored with Claudia H. Young); a study of Robert Frost’s sonnets (On the Sonnets of Robert Frost), and seven works of historical fiction for young readers, co-authored with Claudia H. Young. Over 1000 poems, stories, reviews, essays and articles have appeared in periodicals, journals and anthologies. He has been nominated several times for Pushcart Prizes. He holds Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and has taught literature and creative writing for over four decades at the college level. Married to Maureen Maxson, a nurse and photographer, they are organic gardeners in Milford, DE.
Publication Date:
Jul 30 2016
0692736506 / 9780692736500
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.06″ x 7.81″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / General

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