Piano in the Vineyard

Piano in the Vineyard

by Jean Janzen
Piano in the Vineyard

Piano in the Vineyard

by Jean Janzen



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          Once again, Jean Janzen writes mighty poems, finding those heart-stopping human moments for which there is no adequate language. Janzen, a National Endowment for the Arts winner, begins this newest collection of poetry with "Wailing in the Shower" and these arresting stanzas: "After the elation of giving birth, our new daughter fed and sleeping, I stand under the warm water and begin on the high notes-- Madame Butterfly's ecstasy, One fine day in May, the harmony sliding over my body. After the loss of his bride, our friend turns on the guestroom shower and begins his long wailing. It echoes through the house, flows down the stairway, his baritone cries rising and falling. Over and over, the full octaves."           And she goes on to mark the full-throated human experience, placing her 42 poems into these sections: "Broken Places," "The Garden," "Carving the Hollow," and, finally, "Piano in the Vineyard." In every poem Janzen is utterly conscious of the unspeakable wonder and terror of being alive. Jean Janzen is a winner of The Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680992588
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2004
Format: eBook
Pages: 74
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jean Wiebe Janzen was born in Saskatchewan, was raised in the Midwestern United States, and now lives in Fresno, California. She was selected for The Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her poetry. She completed her undergraduate studies at Fresno Pacific University and received a Master of Arts at California State University of Fresno. Collections of her poetry previously published by Good Books include Snake in the Parsonage (1995), Tasting the Dust (2000), and Piano in the Vineyard (2004). Her verse also has been collected in Words for the Silence (Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 1984) and The Upside-Down Tree (Henderson Books, 1992). Janzen’s poetry has been published in Poetry, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Image, Christian Century, Poetry International,?The Common Reader, The Great River Review, and Cincinnati Poetry Review. Among the poetry anthologies in which her poems appear are Highway 99:?A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley (Heyday Books), What Will Suffice:?Contemporary American Poets on the Art of Poetry (Peregrine Smith Books), and Elements of Faithful Writing (Pandora Press).

Table of Contents

Broken Places3
In January6
Another World8
April Storm9
After Reading Genesis Again10
Two Rocks11
Eating Popcorn13
Tuning the Piano14
New Spaces15
Squirrel Hanging16
Giving Up Vengeance18
Wailing in the Shower19
Broken Places20
The Garden21
Naming It: A Garden Cycle22
This Reckless Journey34
Eve's Hair40
Carving the Hollow41
Carving the Hollow42
Prayer at Archangel, Siberia44
Seeing It45
Borrowing the Horse48
Wedding Night49
Learning to Sing in Parts50
My Father Asks for Psalms52
The Sailing53
Child Diving54
Piano in the Vineyard55
Night Falls on the Neighborhood56
Finding Words for the Moonwalk57
Prophecy 200058
Touching Millennia59
Talking Like I Know60
The Words He Didn't Say62
For My Neighbor, Dying63
Seeking the Song64
Piano in the Vineyard65
In Umbria69
November Night70
Falling Asleep Under the Full-blown Rose71
Between the Layers72
About the Author74
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