Item description for Color of Mourning by Dave Parsons...
The title of this collection of poems employs the word mourning in a manner that expands the strict definition of the word and crosses the ordinary boundaries of the senses, where color, time, and place are triggers to memory and experience.
The reader will be taken on an odyssey including sixteenth-century England, the ancient hills of Spain, a Renoir painting in Ft. Worth, a precarious cliffside inn on California's Highway One, a rare-book library in the heart of Houston, a high-school gym in Georgia, an East Texas pine forest, and the violet crowned hills of Austin. The forays collected in this volume always return to Texas, most notably Austin, where the power of childhood memories shed light on the author's life experiences during the pivotal periods of the sixties and seventies. Examples include poems chronicling the day of the University of Texas tower sniper tragedy and the award winning poem "Night Hawk," recording the time that the poet ran face to chest into LBJ in a popular restaurant, a poem, like the writer's collection, recapturing unique and complicated times with irony, wit, and joyful mourning.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Texas Review Press
ISBN 1933896027 ISBN13 9781933896021
Reviews - What do customers think about Color of Mourning?
Another winning collection from a talented poet Feb 19, 2008
I was given a copy of Dave Parsons' first collection of poetry, Editing Sky, by a professor of creative writing whose opinion I value highly. That night, I read the book through twice and the next morning I was on this site buying copies for friends. Parsons writes in a straight-forward and accessible language that is both tenderly eloquent and as rugged as the Texas of his past and present experience. I have been looking forward to this second collection of his works and I have not been disappointed. The poems pack a punch right to the very end, as in the final lines of the last poem, Keys, where Parsons says, "This seems to be the way/ that much of my life has gone--every/ now and again finding/ that I have been living with great confidence/ a life based on false premises.