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Sam's Book (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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  • Sales Rank:1,666,714
  • Format:Unabridged
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:Unabridged
  • Pages:96
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.3
  • Dimensions (in):9 x 5.6 x 0.3
  • Publication Date:May 1, 1987
  • ISBN:0819561800
  • EAN:9780819561800
  • ASIN:0819561800
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Synopsis
When Sam Ray was killed at nineteen in an accident, his father began writing poetry dedicated to his memory. Sam’s Book is a collection of these elegies and other poems written during Sam’s lifetime. “How should I mourn?” David Ray asks. By recalling poignant events from the past he transcends his grief. He remembers Sam’s first bath, a “holy/Rite”; tying the shoelaces of the “little man”; traveling to Greece, where Sam is “the first…/to see the holy moon.” With painful wit and regret he summons up the image of his son’s blue Toyota, fastidiously transformed by Sam and his girlfriend into a “love nest.” Ray muses on what he taught Sam and what Sam taught him. Originally published in 1987, Sam’s Book won the 1988 Maurice English Poetry Award.

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