The Waterman’s Children
University of Massachusetts Press 1994
University of Massachusetts Press
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This book, which was a runner-up for the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts, contains poems set around the southeast coastal areas of Florida and Virginia, where the poet lived, as well as nearby coastal areas of surrounding states where he visited. Parenthood, marriage, and the difficulties of both are explored in poems that test the boundaries between memoir and fiction in order to reach the emotional truth of the experiences, which focus on the poet's first marriage and raising of a young child. As in the earlier book, Green Soldiers, love and loss often come together in the poems, as well as a child's or a childlike vulnerability.