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  • Author:
    Scott Cairns
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    0820316016
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    University of Georgia Press; First edition. edition (April 1, 1994)
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book by Scott Cairns. Figures for the Ghost : Poems.

book by Scott Cairns.

The collection is distinguished by its implicit proposition that uncertainty (or decenteredness) is a pleasurable state

The collection is distinguished by its implicit proposition that uncertainty (or decenteredness) is a pleasurable state.

Scott Cairns was born in Tacoma, Washington

Scott Cairns was born in Tacoma, Washington. He earned a BA from Western Washington University, an MA from Hollins College, an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD from the University of Utah. Cairns is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Theology of Doubt (1985), The Translation of Babel (1990), Philokalia (2002), Idiot Psalms (2014), and Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems (2015). Cairns has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was awarded the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.

The Fog Ghost, by William H. Simpson. Ghosts, by Edward Robeson Taylor. Ghosts of Indians, by Witter Bynner. The Ghosts Round Bismarck's Couch, by Anne S. Bushby. Ghosts, by William H. The Haunted Palace, by Edgar Allan Poe. The Haunted Wood, by Isaac McLellan. The Inheritance, by D. H. Lawrence. The Little Ghost, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The Phantom Ball, by Rosa Vertner Jeffrey. Poltergeist, by Bill Greenwell. Red Jacket (From Aloft), by Walt Whitman. A Spectral Vision, by Aeschylus. The Superstitious Ghost, by Arthur Guiterman.

Cairns is the author of nine collections of poetry, one collection of translations of Christian mystics, one spiritual . Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series.

It won the inaugural National Outdoor Book Award (Outdoor Literature category) in 1997. Figures for the Ghost Poems: University of Georgia Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-8203-1601-7. A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields; Volume 91, Detroit: Gale Group, 2000.

Cairns is the author of 6 collections of poetry, a collection of translations of Christian mystics, a spiritual memoir, and a book-length essay on suffering. Franciscan University Press, 1993. Figures for the Ghost: Poems. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1994. He wrote the libretto for "The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp," an oratorio composed by JAC Redford, and the libretto for "A Melancholy Beauty," an oratorio composed by Georgi Andreev. ISBN 978-0-8203-1601-7.

What is poetry? What is great poetry? These poems answer these questions

What is poetry? What is great poetry? These poems answer these questions. Each poem is followed by some brief analysis. Many good poems and poets had to be left off of this list.

I maintain it all was for the best- We hacked our way through jungle and sought out These savage children, painted and half-dressed, To set their minds at ease, and dispel doubt.

In Figures for the Ghost, Scott Cairns offers postmodern meditations on the problems of epistemology, interpretation and belief. The collection is distinguished by its implicit proposition that uncertainty (or decenteredness) is a pleasurable state. "In their gestures and in their intent, the poems are religious," says Cairns, "but honestly so. Skirting didacticism, they perform a willing trajectory into the unknown."