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Maurice Manning


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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

Praise For Bucolics


"The lucidity and surprise and soulfulness of [the poems’] language embody an intelligence and sensibility attainable only in high art . . . This is thrilling work." — JAMES BAKER HALL, POET LAUREATE OF KENTUCKY


"A fresh and brilliant talent."— W. S. MERWIN —

Ecco, 9780156034753, 128pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2008

About the Author

MAURICE MANNING is the author of four previous books of poems. His last book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.