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Countrywoman/Surgeon | Contents

Countrywoman/Surgeon, Strongin’s second full-length book  published by L’Epervier Press in 1979. Its 42 poems are organized into three sections.

The first section deals with the American Civil War and with what Strongin has called Wyeth Country, the spiritual topography of New England. 

The second section brings together a number of Strongin’s poems on various themes. 

The third section expands upon Strongin’s central metaphors of illness, medicine, and the hospital, as she explores what it means to be a woman doctor. 

Both the book’s Table of Contents and cover pictures are included below.

Selected poems are available for display in Acrobat format. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, read Obtaining and Using the Acrobat Reader before proceeding.

Table of Contents
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 I Part I: Jonquil
Blessing In Deep Disguise
 1. What’s Past Is Prologue
 2. Season Of Blessings In Deep Disguise
 3. To Silence Ten Thousand Cannon
 4. Locusts (Pioneer Family)
 5. Sailor, I Cannot Tell The Tall Ships By Name
 6. Free, Grace
Cranberry Country
O Applebrown Betty
Nantucket Lightship Baskets
Thorntrees, Ashcans
 II Part II: North Country
Dutch Painting
Ones
Bird Bath
Russian Meadow
Spires
North Country: A Suite
Weather
Hive People
Photographer
III Part III: Countrywoman/Surgeon
1
Prelude
O Royal College Of Swans & Surgeons
Shepherd’s Cross
2
The Woman Doctor In The Night Garden
Pentacle
Shift
Logs
Milk
Bombers
Night Call
Countrywoman/Surgeon
3
The Squire
Quilted Garden Glove
With Scissors Hung By The Fireplace
Breathing
The Squire’s Hard Angry Courage Pulls Me Thru
In Summer
Naturalistic
Brickish
Doctor, Hold Out Your Hands
The Squire Gazes Thru A Summer Window
Ironies
Mailbox Flowers
A Bird May Look At A Village
Peace
The Squire: Her Presence

 
 
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