Bucolics Cover


By Maurice Manning

Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156034753, 94pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2008


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, the author of four collections of poetry, was awarded the 2009 Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His first book, Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions, was selected by W. S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Manning, a former writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, teaches at the University of Indiana and Warren Wilson College.

Praise For Bucolics


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