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One Hour That Morning and other poems

Lex Runciman

ISBN: 978-1-908836-64-9

Page Count: 82

Publication Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cover Artwork: Barn of the Sigh by Felicia van Bork Ė www.feliciavanbork.com


About this Book

In One Hour That Morning we find the whole spectrum of ordinary tragedy and excruciatingly particularized joy, brought to us in a language like cold water over stones, all flourish replaced by clarity, all depiction a kind of painterly ekphrasis, a careful entrance, breath almost held, as though to preserve the momentariness that is the only possibility of perfection in this life. Lex Runciman has given us a book that is wise and beautiful and that the years will not tarnish.
CHRISTOPHER HOWELL
author of Dreamless and Possible

Elegiac, compassionate, movingly wise, Lex Runcimanís new poems offer lyric proofs of a momentís multiplicity, the multitude of givens in any given moment. Runcimanís world of haunting tropes and music is one in which ďHope wears a sweater with deep pockets./ Despair plays a distant flute in the dark.Ē This splendid collectionís particulars fulfill the promise made in one poemís title: encountering these poems, a reader will find that ďno one goes unamazed.Ē No one.
PAULANN PETERSEN
Oregon Poet Laureate, author of Understory


Author Biography

One Hour That Morning & Other Poems is LEX RUNCIMANís fifth book of poems and his second from Salmon Poetry. Runcimanís work has been honored with an Oregon Book Award, the Kenneth O. Hanson Award, and the Silcox Prize. Over the years his work has appeared in such magazines as Ploughshares, Southern Review, Revival, Antaeus, Quarterly West, Hubbub, New England Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Terrain, Cloudbank, and The Gettysburg Review as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Oregon Literature Series volume From Here We Speak and Alive at the Center, 2013, from Ooligan Press. He studied with Madeline DeFrees and Richard Hugo at the University of Montana and with Dave Smith at the University of Utah. For ten years he and his wife ran the small press Arrowood Books. He works at Linfield College where he has received the Edith Green Teaching Award. He and his wife, Deborah Berry Runciman, have been married more than forty years.

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