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1937679594
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Night Sky Frequencies: Poems

Night Sky Frequencies: Poems

by Debra Nystrom

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“glistening with constellations”



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ISBN-13: 9781937679590
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Debra Nystrom's three previous poetry collections include A Quarter Turn. She's received awards from Five Points, VQR, Shenandoah, the Library of Virginia, and the Virginia Arts Commission. She teaches in the University of Virginia's MFA Program.

Table of Contents

I Inland Sea

Names Disappearing, Dakota 3

Ellie: Dream of My Mother as a Girl 4

Long Visit 5

Dream: Father Gone 6

Road North 7

What We Believed 8

Cousins, Whispering 10

Recess and the Speed of Sound 11

Our Mother Wanted It All to be Beautiful 12

Memory From the First House 13

Pronghorn 14

After Will's Night in the Barn 15

Small Notebook 16

Cousins: River and Sky 17

Heaven Map 18

Will's Harmonica 19

La Framboise Island 20

II Cut-Out Stars

Lightning Map 22

Sioux Falls: Visitation 23

That'll Be the Day (When You Say Goodbye) 25

The River in March, Above Oahe 26

Seventh-Month Dream or First Memory 27

Another Night of Heavy Snow 28

Dream of the Baby's Word 29

Shadow Box 30

Along the Singed Driveway 31

Fragments After Fire 32

Will's Letter 33

Clem's Older Boy, Stirring 34

Plains: Star Navigation 36

Rain Forecast 37

III Night Sky Frequencies

Teacher, Waking 40

Moon and Stars Question: Eagle Butte 41

New Kid 42

Constellation Quilt Thoughts 43

Dream: The Box Maker and His Brother 44

Voices Not Heard in Months 45

Lost Someplace Like This 46

Flurries 47

A Knock 48

Old Dugout 49

Winter, Map of the World Before the War 50

Christmas Package: Indigo Pillbox 51

Star Quilt, and Starfish, Sent from a Distant Place 52

Cloud Passing Above the Playground 53

Cave Image 54

Green-Winged Teals 55

Letter and Chekhov Book 56

Ariadne's Crown 57

Thank You Note Worried Over 58

Star Currents 59

Asymmetrical Star Quilt for Robert 60

Dream of the Box Maker's Dream 61

Compass Box From Joe 62

Harmonica, 45th Parallel 63

Sound and Quiet 64

from A Quarter Turn (1991)

Restless After School 66

Puppets 67

Captive 69

Legacy 71

Reading Late 72

A Quarter Turn 73

Ordinary Heartbreak 74

Insomnia 76

Flooded Breaks 77

Late March 78

Black and White Snapshot 79

To Keith 80

Leaving Dakota 81

Wordless Hour 82

Parting 83

The Dream of Burning 84

Poem for a Bad Heart 85

January Half-Light 86

To Janny 88

Her Walk Along the Creek 89

Cottage Above the Harbor 90

At Ocracoke 91

Lying at Pancake Falls 92

After the Service 93

from Torn Sky (2003)

Listening in Bed to You Reading Swann's Way Aloud 96

In Its Place 98

Granddad 102

Homesteaders 103

Toll 104

Regardless of the Final Score 106

Keith's Dream 107

Four Sheets Cut Out 109

Thieves 112

Leukemia 115

Snow 116

Twisting Vines 117

Half Time, Oglala High, 1970 118

Frieda's Plan 121

Wounded Knee Creek: Hakiktawin's Story 124

Seventies, USD 126

The Cliff Swallows 130

Fly-Fishing on Tommy's Lake 131

Secretissime, Praesentissime 134

The Girl without Hands 135

Secrets 138

from Bad River Road (2009)

Window 144

Blizzard 146

Strabismus 148

Burning Coal at Your Ear 149

The Pond 151

Floater 152

Waiting It Out 153

Kids Running Downhill 155

Bicycling to School 156

Skinny Dipping After Work at the Drive-In 157

He Tells You About the Dress You Wore 158

Shot 159

Crush 161

Smoke-Break Behind the Treatment Center 164

You Drive Out to Ask What They Want Because You Know 165

Last Transfer Back to Sioux Falls 167

Grandma Hazel's Lace 170

The Door 171

Every Night 173

Days End 175

What's Left 176

Offerings 178

Lyle: Concentration 181

John Fast Horse: Cadillac 182

Ash 183

West River, Driving Home 184

Vigilance 185

Little Parka 187

Outer Banks 188

Notes on the Poems 190

Biographical Note 193

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