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The Kent State University Press

Trains in the Distance

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Title: Trains in the Distance
Author: Zimmer, Paul
ISBN: 9780873387965
Publisher: The Kent State University Press
Published: 2004
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.

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"Paul Zimmer, long one of America's finest poets, turns out to be a comparable master of prose. In his wonderful book of memory and reflection he has written with exquisite elegance and tenderly brilliant observation about his past, and by his genius he evokes a reader's past as well. This book is as haunting and lovely as a late-night train whistle from the far horizon."--Robert Olen Butler

"Over the years Zimmer's poems have consistently been full of good sense and buoyant humor. Now he has kicked it up some notches and, using his poetic skills, made this sad, funny, quite serious book of prose about trains, childhood, war, education, drinking, jazz, wooden sheds, grass, elephants, the moon, blues, horses, sickness, and so many other things that come together as a satisfying whole. It is a great pleasure to turn these lyrical, finely-written pages."--Annie Dillard

"Here is an American life remembered faithfully, tellingly, and offered the reader in a compelling, affectingly lyrical voice that touches the mind and heart, both. Here is story after story become, in sum, a rendering through personal expression of a country's ongoing history. Here is, finally, an autobiography become a literature of social reflection."--Robert Coles

"This deftly written collection satisfies one of our deepest curiosities: 'What's it like being her? Or him?' Paul Zimmer's answer takes us there by way of steam engines, gray foxes, dray horses, Big Joe Turner, a French dentist tres sympathetique, tumbledown shacks, Duke Ellington's riffing to empty seats, and a fellow poet heroically obscure, except in Zimmer's moving homage. To know ourselves we people-watch lifelong, yet glean only vague suppositions. In contrast, these quietly impressive sketches--so much bigger than their pages--add up to a self portrait humane and intimate as kinship."--Reg Saner