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From the Ground Up: Poems of One Southerner's Passage to Adulthood


by Robert Hamblin

 

In Praise of New Beginnings

I set this down
in praise
of new beginnings:

the winding of a clock,
runners awaiting
the starter's gun,
all inaugurations,
commencements, grand openings,
ordinations, christenings,
weddings,
every madonna with child,
middle-aged losers
strolling hand in hand,
a robin feeding her young,
a new moon, a new year,
another decade.

Raise the curtain!
Cut the ribbon!
Lift the glass!

What celestial
symphonies of faith:
the heavy downbeat of history
drowned in ringing hosannas
of hope.

 



Summary:

This book traces one Southerner's journey from rural Mississippi, with memories of his sharecropper grandparents and his father's country store, to his life as a professor, devoted family man, world traveler, and, ultimately, poet of the gentle events of everyday life.



Praise:

Hamblin's poems, like his grandfather's clock, unwind in remarkable words. . . . Speaking seminally of love, of truth, they march continuously toward that inevitable newness of old ground: the renewed intelligence of love.
— Don Welch, former Reynolds Professor of Literature, University of Nebraska


Hamblin writes both as a solitary person, and also as a son, a husband, a father, and a grandfather, and thus gives us a complete portrait of a male sensibility from youth to maturity. Grief and loss are constant themes, but he manages to transcend them through the gains of imagination. . . . No one will remain unmoved and unchanged by these remarkable poems.
— Jay Martin, author of Winter Dreams, Who Am I This Time?, and All Is Merry and Bright: The Life of Henry Miller







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