Long walks in the afternoon : poems
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1982.
Format
Book
ISBN
0807110175, 9780807110171, 0807110183, 9780807110188
Physical Desc
63 pages ; 24 cm
Status
Newport - Adult Non-Fiction
811.54 Gib
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Published
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1982.
Language
English
ISBN
0807110175, 9780807110171, 0807110183, 9780807110188

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With a quiet eloquence, the poems in Long Walks in the Afternoon follow "the deep imagination's long tap into the dark" -- inward toward the still and radiant center of the self. But Margaret Gibson's poetry is not self-serving or isolationist. She writes out of the firm conviction that our personal griefs hold energies that can move us to reach beyond ourselves and join with others in common struggle. Beginning with poems that struggle against illusion, egotism, and emptiness, the collection progresses to poems that challenge violence -- social violence against women, political violence in east Asia and Chile, and, in "Radiation," the violence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: "We made the scars and the radiant air. / We made people invisible as numbers. / We did this." In a final section, the desire to know and claim the self is transformed in a sequence of elegies into "the passion to lose myself in work" and in love and in the world -- to be "no one." The meditative mood of Gibson's poems becomes a movement against isolation, a wrestle with our roots and common bonds, and a way of challenging the self to be more openly aligned with creative forces, and to speak out against dishonesty, injustice, chaos, and war.
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Awards
Lamont Poetry Selection for 1982.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Gibson, M. (1982). Long walks in the afternoon: poems . Louisiana State University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gibson, Margaret, 1944-. 1982. Long Walks in the Afternoon: Poems. Louisiana State University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gibson, Margaret, 1944-. Long Walks in the Afternoon: Poems Louisiana State University Press, 1982.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Gibson, Margaret. Long Walks in the Afternoon: Poems Louisiana State University Press, 1982.

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