Study for the World's Body by David St. John
New and Selected Poems

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A remarkable collection representing early and recent poems by David St. John, the critically acclaimed author of "Hush," "The Shore," and "No Heaven." GUITAR  I have always loved the word "guitar."  I have no memories of my father on the patioAt dusk, strumming a Spanish tune, Or my mother draped in that fawn wicker chairPolishing her flute; I have no memories of your song, distant SisterHeart, of those steel strings slidingAll night through the speaker of the car radioBetween Tucumcari and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Though I've never believed those storiesOf gypsy cascades, stolen hoses, castanets, And stars, of Airstream trailers and good fortune.Though I've never met Charlie Christian, thoughI've danced the floors of cold longshoremen's halls, Though I've waited with the overcoats at the rearOf concerts for lute, mandolin, and two guitars ?More than the music I love scaling its wovenStairways, more than the swirling chocolate of wood  I have always loved the word "guitar." 

About David St. John

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David St. John has been honored with many of the most significant prizes for poets, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, both the Rome Fellowship in Literature and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Jr. Prize from The Folger Shakespeare Library, and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Published August 1, 1994 by Perennial. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The book's final sections, featuring the poet's new work, confirm St. John's status as a poet of impressive aesthetic vision who continues to push the boundaries of narrative, language and imagination as he explores the ``momentary resurrections'' of human existence, ``The stilled body / Giving t...

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