Hurricane Hymn and Other Poems

By H. R. Stoneback

Subjects: Poetry
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781930337398, 148 pages, August 2010

Table of contents

I. Hurricanes & Tempests: Songs & Hymns

Hurricane Hymn
Atheist Sings Hymns in My Kitchen
Beulah Land
Song for Rosa Parks
Remembering April 1968
Delta Dawn…Zelda’s Gone
God’s Trout
Pulp Poetry—50 MPG
On the Road with Mom
And She Lived a Long Death
For One of my Chinese Students
Stoney Kissed a Catholic
Full Frontal Poetry
Fortune’s Wheel
On the Mythical Mystical Domesticity
The Ascetic Poet’s Song
Le Retour de la Fée
Hunting Bunting
Hudson Haiku
Hudson River Light
Ballad: The Crow’s Ransom
Farewell, Farewell Until We Sing Again
II. The Borromean Islands

Isola dei Pescatori
Isola Bella
Fishermen’s Island: Off Stresa July 2000
Fishermen’s Island: July 2002
Pescatori Tanka
On Hearing of the Death of Ted Williams
What You Did Not Hear
Years Later: A Meditation

III. Variations

The Hemingway Variations
Fitzgerald Variations
Moveable Fitz
Song and Letter
For EP: In Our Time
Pound Calls Me Collect
The Aldington Variations 1. Shell-Shocked
The Aldington Variations 2. Lustration? Atonement?
The RPW Variations


Poetry cannot perform search and rescues.
Words are not water or food or shelter.
Grief cannot put a roof over storm-refugees.
Compassion's not a substitute for action.
Come in from the wind, let words restore power.
Come in under the blue tarp of this Muse. ...

—from "Hurricane Hymn