Dust on a precipice
: new and selected poems / Evelyn Ames. - Dublin (New Hampshire) :
William L. Bauhan, 1981. - 80 p. ; 22 cm.
NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR : Evelyn Ames [the wife of Amyas Ames,
president of the New York Philarmonic, to whom the book
is dedicated] describes as consistently recurring themes in her
poems « the precariousness of existence and the fleeting
yet positive affirmation of joy and meaning in life's experiences. »
She finds harmony and balance
in nature — and all living creatures — from which modern
man has become perilously detached.
Widely published, her prose books
include Daughter of the House and A Glimpse of Eden.
|❙||Author and poet Evelyn (Perkins) Ames was born in 1908 ; she died in 1990 in Kings Park, New York.|
We live where the last glacier
our beach, from cliff-edge to deep water,
studded with boulders : fringed hulks
low tides uncover ; giants, inshore,
that stay bald — their tonsured heads
platforms for gulls ; those far under
that must be dived for to be found.
The myths we know (and do not
we know) until one day, amazed,
we're beached on them ! Where do they hide ?
Some of the planet's molten magma
composed itself, in time, while we,
who seem completed, seethe inside
like fluids fire underground.
☐ p. 13
- « On
the Vineyard » photos by Peter Simon, with contributions by
Evelyn Ames (et al.), Garden City (N.Y.) : Anchor press, 1980
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