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Tickets for a Prayer Wheel (Wesleyan Poetry Series) [Paperback]

By Annie Dillard (Author) & Michael Collier (Other)
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Best known for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, her Pulitzer Prize-winning narrative on nature and eternity, Annie Dillard writes fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry, that explore abstract and sensory phenomena, the role of the artist in society and the creative process. The poems gathered in Tickets for a Prayer Wheel, first published in 1974, show us that the concerns of the author have not changed since she was in her twenties. Hers is a poetry of fact -- of science and nature, eternity and time, and how we know what we know. Often commended for their precise imagery, these poems speak of the love between people, storytelling and poetry's form.

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Studio: Wesleyan
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2002
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819565369  
ISBN13  9780819565365  

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More About Annie Dillard & Michael Collier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize winning author for her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Best known for her narrative non-fiction, Annie has also published poetry, essays, literary criticism, autobiography, and fiction. She is the recipient of various and prestigious awards, honors, and prizes including her selection as a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for An American Childhood and a New York Press Club Award for Excellence for "Innocence in the Galapagos," published in Harper's Magazine. Annie also serves on the boards of many organizations such as The Milton Center and The New Press. Her latest book, The Maytrees, was published in 2007.
Sam Fink is a multi-talented artist of inimitable range. For the past twenty years Sam has both educated and entertained adults and children with his vibrantly illustrated texts of American history. He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2006 with the release of The Constitution of the United States of America to great acclaim. He also published The Gettysburg Address and The Book of Exodus in 2007.
Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of fourteen books and her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Author's Guild Council.

Annie Dillard currently resides in Middletown, in the state of Connecticut.

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Prayers for Pilgrims.  Mar 28, 2003
Annie Dillard's collection of twenty-four poems, TICKETS FOR A PRAYER WHEEL was first published in 1974, the same year Dillard published her Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-known work, PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK. In the thirty years since, she has written nonfiction narratives (HOLY THE FIRM, LIVING BY FICTION, TEACHING A STONE TO TALK, THE WRITING LIFE, FOR THE TIME BEING), a memoir (AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD), and a novel (THE LIVING). By reissuing Dillard's long-out-of-print TICKETS FOR A PRAYER WHEEL, Wesleyan University Press has allowed many grateful readers to finally complete their Annie Dillard collections.

TICKETS FOR A PRAYER WHEEL confirms that Dillard is a poet at heart. In her poetry, like most of her later work, Dillard explores science, nature, time, and theology. Her poetry is related thematically to PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK in that both books attempt to answer Thoreau's question, "With all your science can you tell how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?" Whereas we find the speaker of title poem "looking for someone who knows how to pray" (p. 50)--"Who will teach us to pray, who will pray for us now," he ponders (p. 53)--we find Dillard asking the same question in her most recent book, FOR THE TIME BEING (1999). From her first book to her last, Dillard's answer remains the same, "God teaches us to pray" (p. 60). "He has no edges," Dillard observes, "and the holes in him spin./ He alone is real,/ and all things lie in him/ as fossil shells/ curl in solid shale" (p. 61).

TICKETS FOR A PRAYER WHEEL offers both short, accessible poems ("The Clearing," "Day at the Office," "Puppy in Deep Snow") and longer, more challenging poetic meditations ("Feast Days," "Bivouac," "Tickets for a Prayer Wheel"). Wesleyan's reissue also includes an excellent Foreward by Michael Collier.

G. Merritt

Matter-of-fact narrative gives way to descriptive elegance  Feb 13, 2003
Annie Dillard's Tickets For A Prayer Wheel is an impressive and highly recommended collection of lucid poetry, elegantly written in free verse, concerning the mundane, the natural, and the mystical. Matter-of-fact narrative gives way to descriptive elegance of brevity in this inspirational work. Deciduous trees/have dominion. But look on bark;/molds make fruiting bodies/out of air. Winner/take all. Grab/a handle. Earth/rolls down like dolphins dive,/headlong to dark.
Incredible and Off Kilter  Feb 23, 2002
Very strange stuff is contained in this hard to find book. Annie Dillard is famous for her Pilgrim at Tinker Creek novel. However, I enjoyed this earlier work much more than anything else I have read by her. The poems range from thought provoking, to totally off the wall. Hardly a one of the poems are short of enjoyable. The title poem is worthy of its place on the cover, it struck a chord with me immediately.


lyrically powerful  Jan 20, 2001
this book ebbs and flows like the wind of an autumn day...

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