May Is an Island

Jonathan Johnson

May Is an Island

Jonathan Johnson

Distributed for Carnegie Mellon University Press

88 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9780887486371 Published October 2018
If the dead are a sea and the living an island, these poems speak from the shore. Their steady company consoles and reminds us that the wages of mortal awareness and sorrow endured can be attention and generosity. From mournful solitude and wanderings as far as Paris, Greece and Spain, Johnson returns again and again to his familiar Scottish coasts, Highlands, and relations; to fatherhood and romantic love; to sensory wonder and the reverence of moments; and now and then to outright grace.
Contents
Forward • Dispensation • Out Far Enough • In May • Glenelg, First Night • Of Her Offering • My Mother Has Become a Cove • Interiority • I’ve Turned from the Distant • Long • Longing Is Not Desire • Balloon • In the Year of Gorillas • For the Finder of My Days • Invitation to My Daughter to a Favorite Place • The Missing Color • After Autumn • Empirical Fallacy • Once I’d watered every flower in the garden • Living • Samos Island Ending in Easter • Wanting Others to See Beauty in Things • and to Associate Those Things with Me • A Gospel • A Marriage • Point of View • Essay on Kindness as Inactivity • The Spider in My Window • Meat • Adjunct • Decorum • Unexpectedly • These Are the Terms • Young • Suddenly Seeing in Absent Sandstone How It Will Be • Oh Blessed Mortality • Don’t Mistake Them • From a Second Story Café • In Green Park in the rows . . . • Night Drive at Twenty-Five and Twenty-Six • through Tunnels of Oak • Cascades • Rowing out through the Mooring Fields at Night • The MacLures of Glenelg • Alone and with Others • Afterward • To Whoever May Care for Me Dying
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