Moving in Memory: Poems

Moving in Memory: Poems

by Julia Randall


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Moving in Memory, Julia Randall’s sixth volume of poems, explores our relationship to nature, to art, and to our past selves. In these poems, Randall’s familiar terrain—the woods, streams, and fields of Maryland—becomes our own. She takes us “through the fields/ of Queen Anne’s Lace and clover,” through woods filled with rock maple and sassafras, to places she discovered as a child.

I am Piedmont born and bred between far hills and sea,
great hardwoods overhead,
and waters gently falling down the Bay

But these poems also express Randall’s uneasiness with trying to exist in a world increasingly divorced from nature. They spring from a sensibility that pits memory and its recovery in art against the encroachments of commerce and technology.

What shall restore cedar and sycamore, sweet springs,
the secrets of the forest floor, where now backhoes and scaffoldings and gray computers set us free to manufacture loves and lifeless things along the steely groves where no bird sings?

Unmistakably a lyric poet, Randall varies traditional forms in a way that is both reminiscent and original. Her musicality often surprises us into the recognition that poems can still sound like poems. In writing about place, memory, aging, and loss, Julia Randall displays a wide-ranging intelligence, a keen eye, and a necessary anger, as well as joy, humor, and acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807113882
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 03/01/1987
Series: Poems Series
Pages: 51
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Julia Randall is the author of The Puritan Carpenter, Adam’s Dream, The Farewells, and other books.

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