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William Jay Smith Reading His Poems for Children

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The Girl in Glass

release date: Jan 01, 2002
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The Girl in Glass
Now touch the air softly, /Step gently, One, two.../I'll love you till roses are robin's-egg blue; /I'll love you till gravel/Is eaten for bread, /And lemons are orange, /And lavender's red. So begins A Pavane for the Nursery, one of William Jay Smith's most celebrated and charming love poems. Collected here for the first time are this and many more of Smith's enchanting paeans to love, a bevy of bewitched words of the sort no loved one could ever hear enough. Whether committed to a delighted reader's memor recited out loud at a romantic wedding, or set to music by a love-struck composer (as Ned Rorem has done), the poems in this intimate book, illustrated by the late Ukrainian woodcut master Jacques Hnizdovsky, bespeak love in a variety of forms. Also included are striking translations of such poets as Frederico Garcia Lorca and Jacques Prevert.

Collected Poems

release date: Jan 01, 1990
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Collected Poems
Poems from each period of the author's career deal with nature, travel, the past, myths, love, art, and mortality

The Girl in Glass

release date: Jan 01, 2002
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Birds and Beasts

release date: Jan 01, 1990
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Birds and Beasts
Simple poems about animals to be read aloud.

The Cherokee Lottery

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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The Cherokee Lottery
A sequence of poems inspired by the forced removal of the Southern Indians, written by contemporary American author William Jay Smith.

The World Below the Window

release date: Apr 01, 2001
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The World Below the Window
This selection of William Jay Smith's work of sixty years covers the entire career of one of America's acknowledged poetic masters. It moves from the dark pre-war lyrics ( Quail in Autumn) to the powerful long-lined free verse of the 1960s ( The Tin Can). Here are memorable WWII lyrics ( Dark Valentine) and masterful light verse ( The Tall Poets), displaying the wit that enlivens all of Smith's work. Previously uncollected poems range from a haunting delineation of the ironies of age in "The Shipwreck" to the dramatic intensity of The Cherokee Lottery, which deals with the forced removal of Indian tribes east of the Mississippi. Praise for William Jay Smith: "A most gifted and original poet... One of the very few who cannot be confused with anybody else."—Richard Wilbur "William Jay Smith has been one of our best poets for more than sixty years, and The Cherokee Lottery is his masterwork: taut, harrowing, eloquent, and profoundly memorable."—Harold Bloom "His best poems are unlike anything else in contemporary American literature... Although often based on realistic situations, Smith's compressed, formal lyrics develop language musically in a way which summons an intricate, dreamlike set of images and associations."—Dana Gioia "William Jay Smith has given us many of the truest and purest poems an American has written: the most resonantly musical, the most magical."—X. J. Kennedy

Army Brat

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Selected Writings of Jules Laforgue. Edited & Translated by William Jay Smith

Laughing Time

release date: Dec 01, 1990
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Laughing Time
Contains nonsense poems on a variety of topics.
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