A new collection of forty-six works features deep explorations of such themes as the mysteries of life, love, and death, in a volume that investigates clues that can be found in the natural world and offers insight into the writer's use of unadorned language.
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For over half a century, David Ignatow has crafted spare, plain, haunting poetry pf working life, urban images, and dark humor. The poetic heir of Whitman and William Carlos Williams, Ignatow is characteristically concerned with human mortality and human alienation in the world: the world as it is, defined by suffering and despair, yet at crucial times redeemed by cosmic vision and shared lives. His development as a poet is chronicled in Against the Evidence, title of the poem in part quoted above and meant by Ignatow as the metaphor for the whole body of his work. Where his previous collections have been organized thematically, Ignatow here arranges his poems “according to the decade in which they were written…returning each to its chronological order.” Against the Evidence charts the evolution of his themes from the earliest origin in the Thirties to their present extraordinary manifestation in a variety of poetic forms and modes.
Poems describe the thoughts and emotions of the allied troops as they freed Nazi concentration camp prisoners and witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust
WINNER OF THE 2006 OKLAHOMA BOOK AWARDS Evidence of Red: Prose and Poems rails against lost lands and lovers, heralds death and mad warriors, and celebrates a doomed love affair between Hollywood’s invented characters: “Noble Savage” and “Indian Sports Mascot.” The author, a Choctaw Indian from Oklahoma writes about modern life in America, as well as the strange and humorous encounters she’s had with Arabs in Syria, and Jews in Israel. She writes of growing up in a family of native storytellers who tell of their lives and experiences.
"Evidence of Rain" is a collection of poems about growing up in rural Wisconsin in a large family with a father who was more likely to be at the local tavern than at home, and a loving mother whose personality is slowly disappearing. It contains a coming of age story, but also explores the themes of nature, humor, the fragility of the family, and survival. The poems are sometimes dark, sometimes darkly humorous. Some of them are clearly descriptive, others follow the logic of dreams. Childhood ghosts haunt the book throughout, giving it a melancholy tinge. Yet colorful images of adulthood, marriage, and the natural world also animate its pages.

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