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Title:
Rumors of separate worlds : poems
Author:
Coles, Robert.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
x, 74 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780877452584

9780877452607
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Book

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Summary

Robert Coles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, a leading child psychiatrist, a compassionate and thoughtful essayist, and a sensitive, deeply moving poet. In his days as a medical student he had the good fortune to know Dr. William Carlos Williams, an experience which has remained lasting for Dr. Coles--and which has inspired "Rumors of Separate Worlds." Coles describes this volume of reflective poetry best, calling it "a mind's struggle to make sense of the world's apparently limitless ironies, ambiguities, contradictions, not to mention its fatefulness, the rule of luck, the reign of the arbitrary, the accidental in our lives." "Rumors of Separate Worlds" aptly represents the life of one of our most humane and important writers and thinkers.


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Poems deal with the world's ambiguities, randomness, luck, fate, and the accidental.


Author Notes

Boston-born psychiatrist and author Robert Martin Coles devoted his professional life to the psychology of children. Coles has been associated with the Harvard University Medical School since 1960.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his five-volume series entitled Children in Crisis, Coles has contributed hundreds of articles to popular magazines, as well as writing over thirty books for adults and children. Other books include The Mind's Fate, Flannery O'Connor's South, and Walker Percy: An American Search.

(Bowker Author Biography) Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical school and a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services. His many books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning five-volume Children of Crisis and the bestselling The Moral Intelligence of Children. He is also the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard. He lives in Massachusetts.

(Publisher Provided) Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry & medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, & the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College. His many books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Children of Crisis" series as well as the best-selling "The Spiritual Life of Children" & "The Moral Intelligence of Children". Dr. Coles is a founding editor of the award-winning magazine "DoubleTake".

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Boston-born psychiatrist and author Robert Martin Coles devoted his professional life to the psychology of children. Coles has been associated with the Harvard University Medical School since 1960.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his five-volume series entitled Children in Crisis, Coles has contributed hundreds of articles to popular magazines, as well as writing over thirty books for adults and children. Other books include The Mind's Fate, Flannery O'Connor's South, and Walker Percy: An American Search.

(Bowker Author Biography) Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical school and a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services. His many books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning five-volume Children of Crisis and the bestselling The Moral Intelligence of Children. He is also the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard. He lives in Massachusetts.

(Publisher Provided) Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry & medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, & the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College. His many books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Children of Crisis" series as well as the best-selling "The Spiritual Life of Children" & "The Moral Intelligence of Children". Dr. Coles is a founding editor of the award-winning magazine "DoubleTake".

(Publisher Provided)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This second volume of poetry is primarily for those intrigued by the Pulitzer Prize-winning psychiatrist's nonfiction ( Children of Crisis ). Here Coles turns to his own experiences, and the humanity of his vision redeems the flatness of his verse. ``Remembering a World,'' the first section, consists of elegies; in ``Miss Avery's Class,'' the narrator recalls his fifth-grade teacher discussing Abraham Lincoln: ``Washington was the father, / He the son, who died / For us to be free, you and me.'' Transformation is the theme throughout the second part, ``Meeting Worlds,'' encompassing Coles's travels among the poor of Managua, who ``watch their sons become Sandinistas,'' as well as the narrator's Ohio-born wife, who moves South and evolves into ``a Dixie partner.'' The last section, ``On the Day Jesus Christ Was Born,'' is a 12-poem sequence evoking Christmases spent in such diverse locations as Belfast, New Mexico and Soweto. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Publisher's Weekly Review

This second volume of poetry is primarily for those intrigued by the Pulitzer Prize-winning psychiatrist's nonfiction ( Children of Crisis ). Here Coles turns to his own experiences, and the humanity of his vision redeems the flatness of his verse. ``Remembering a World,'' the first section, consists of elegies; in ``Miss Avery's Class,'' the narrator recalls his fifth-grade teacher discussing Abraham Lincoln: ``Washington was the father, / He the son, who died / For us to be free, you and me.'' Transformation is the theme throughout the second part, ``Meeting Worlds,'' encompassing Coles's travels among the poor of Managua, who ``watch their sons become Sandinistas,'' as well as the narrator's Ohio-born wife, who moves South and evolves into ``a Dixie partner.'' The last section, ``On the Day Jesus Christ Was Born,'' is a 12-poem sequence evoking Christmases spent in such diverse locations as Belfast, New Mexico and Soweto. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved