By Maurice Manning
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780156034753, 120pp.)

Publication Date: November 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2009 Poetry List
“My absolute favorite collection of poetry this year! These poems efflorescence with wonderment for the natural world. Rich with agrarian imagery and soulful inquiry, joyful, reflective, and heart-achingly lovely; you'll want to memorize each bucolic just so you can keep it close enough. Manning was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award in 2001 for his collection of poems, 'Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions.'”
-- April Nabholz, Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis, OR


Untitled and unpunctuated, the seventy poems in this acclaimed collection seem to cascade from one page to another. Maurice Manning extolls the virtues of nature and its many gifts, and finds deep gratitude for the mysterious hand that created it all.

that bare branch that branch made black

by the rain the silver raindrop

hanging from the black branch

Boss I like that black branch

I like that shiny raindrop Boss

tell me if I’m wrong but it makes

me think you’re looking right

at me now isn’t that a lark for me

to think you look that way

upside down like a tree frog

Boss I’m not surprised at all

I wouldn’t doubt it for

a minute you’re always up

to something I’ll say one thing

you’re all right all right you are

even when you’re hanging Boss

About the Author

MAURICE MANNING’s poems have appeared in the Southern Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the New Yorker, and his first collection of poems was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award. He teaches English at Indiana University. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and Danville, Kentucky.

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"The natural world in these poems is a figure familiar and lush, yet unknowable and everywhere meaningful."—American Poet


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