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After the fire : a writer finds his place /
Paul Zimmer.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2002.
xvii, 229 p.
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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2002.
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Author Affiliation
Paul Zimmer is a much honored and widely published poet and essayist, the author of eight volumes of poetry. His work has received awards from the American Institute of Arts and Letters and been selected for the National Poetry Series. He was a finalist in the essay category for the 1998 National Magazine Award, and for the past two years his works have been selected as notable essays in the Best American Essays series. Zimmer lives on a farm near Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, and spends part of each year in the south of France
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-05-06:
This thoughtful rumination on the important things in life will greatly interest Zimmer's readers. Of primary importance to Zimmer (Crossing to Sunlight), now in his retirement, is where he lives an isolated house located on 100 acres of land in Wisconsin that he shares with his wife, Suzanne. Although the couple, who have been together for 44 years, had lived in many places while they raised their children, it is in this current home that Zimmer, no longer limited to free moments after working full-time, has found peace and time to work on his poems. However, in order to fit into this rural Midwestern community, Zimmer has allowed several neighbors to hunt on his land on opening day in November, despite his abhorrence of the sport. The Zimmers also spend part of each year in southern France, an area that he enjoys both for its beauty and heretical history. In this gently written, enjoyable memoir, Zimmer reflects on the animals that share his space, including coyotes and the dogs he has owned that helped him through the very worst patches of life. In other chapters, he describes his lifelong love affairs with jazz and baseball, as well as the alienation he feels from organized religion. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-06-01:
Poet and essayist Zimmer opens his memoir with a quote from Walt Whitman: "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear what remains?" Like Whitman, Zimmer finds his answer in the permanence and beauty of nature. He and his wife bought a home and 100 acres of land in the "driftless hills" of southwestern Wisconsin, and this book serves as a hymn to that "last, peaceful crowning place." Certain chapters of the book push more directly into memoir, with flashbacks to Zimmer's years as a soldier during atomic tests in the Nevada desert in the 1950s, his ecstatic discovery of poetry and jazz, and his love of baseball, particularly the catcher's position. The book might best be described as nature writing dotted with personal memoir; it can be slow going at times, meditative and almost too quiet, but it provides a lovely sense of the quiet nobility of rural life. For regional collections. Amy Strong, South Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Paul Zimmer is a much-honoured and widely published poet and essayist. After Ice is the story of his journey from his boyhood in the factory town of Canton, Ohio, to his days as a soldier, to his many years in the book business.
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Looking back at a lifetime of rich experience from Wisconsin's driftless hills.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologue: Finding Homep. xiii
Strangers in Friendly Placesp. 3
Treesp. 28
Skyp. 35
Poetryp. 40
Neighborsp. 44
Birdsp. 49
Making Poetryp. 55
Libraryp. 67
Insects and Arachnidsp. 72
Grasses, Fruits, Plantsp. 76
Gardeningp. 80
Coyotes, Foxes, Wolvesp. 87
Taking a Punchp. 90
Deerp. 107
The Huntp. 109
The Blind Worldp. 114
Troublep. 134
Dogsp. 139
Old Jazzp. 144
Young Jazzp. 146
Winterp. 167
The Condition of My Faithp. 172
Springp. 189
Summerp. 193
The Catcherp. 197
Dairy Daysp. 218
Autumnp. 227
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