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Bread of the Moment: Poems
by David Sanders
Ohio University Press, 2021
Paper: 978-0-8040-1233-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8040-4118-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3619.A5263B74 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A collection of poems about time, solitude, and wisdom that leads readers to hover between acceptance of and alienation from our fragility.


Bread of the Moment, the follow-up to David Sanders' Compass and Clock (Swallow Press, 2016), devotes keen attention to the porous nature of the past and how the unbidden evidence of ordinary life pervades the world, provoking a spectrum of moments from which to draw meaning and find solace. These poems, characterized by a mix of free and formal verse, depict quiet days at home or in nature, as well as close calls and brushes with death: chronic illness, a house fire, a car crushed by a boulder.


In this way, these poems amplify the fragility of the commonplace, a mystery from which we are, amid the noise of our everyday lives, sometimes estranged. Through this exploration, Sanders constructs a precarious balance between alienation and acceptance, striking a note at once recognizable and new.



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