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Publisher Comments:

"from" The Reformation Journal

The wisdom I have heretofore trusted was cowardice, the leaper. a burning wreck from which the depths will get theirs when the heights have gotten theirs.

My throat is an open grave. I hide my face. Locations are omitted.

Uncertain readings are inserted silently.

Abbreviations silently expanded.

A "he" referring to God may be capitalized or not.

(is crying now)                  show me

is crying now                      (what's wrong)

in a strange tree      of atoms      of

too few                      "more"                no wonder

Give me the glassy ripeness

Give me the glassy ripeness in failure

Give me the atom laying its question at the bottom of nature

Send word                                                                      Clear fields

Make formal event                                                                Walk

                                                                             Turn back

Reduce all to lower case              Have reduced all

Cross out passages                        Have inserted silently

is there a name for?

glassy ripeness

in failure

born and raised

and you?

(go back)                                              (need more)

having lived it                            leaves it possible

fear      lamentation      shame      ruin      believe      me

explain          given to

explain          born of

Absence is odious                                              to God

I'm asking

Unseen unseen                                          the treasure unperceived

Unless you compare                      the treasure may be lost

Oh my beloved                                     I'm asking

More atoms, more days, the noise of the sparrows, of the universals

Yet colder here now than in

the atom still there at the bottom of nature

that we be founded on infinite smallness

which occasions incorruption or immortality"

(incorruption because already as little as it can be)

(escape square, wasted square, safety square, hopeless square)

"to all except anguish the mind soon adjusts"

have reduced, have trimmed, have cleared, have omitted

have          abbreviations          silently          expanded

to what                            avail

explain            asks to be followed

explain            remains to be seen

 

Synopsis:

T S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery — and Jorie Graham. The New Yorker places Ms. Graham in this distinguished line of poets, heralding the Pulitzer Prize winner as a profound voice in American poetry. Now, in her eighth collection, she further enhances her reputation with a book-length sequence of verse that is a stunning work of grandeur.The New Republic writes, for 'swarm, ' in other words...read 'be born again.' Graham is writing about a spiritual turning point, a new beginning.... Beauty — that is, the pure sense-perception which has long been a concern for Graham — is no longer the most important criterion. Now goodness is... and the idea of submission, of obedience, without understanding: one must 'yield' before 'hearing the reason' for yielding.

Synopsis:

T S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery — and Jorie Graham. The New Yorker places Ms. Graham in this distinguished line of poets, heralding the Pulitzer Prize winner as a profound voice in American poetry. Now, in her eighth collection, she further enhances her reputation with a book-length sequence of verse that is a stunning work of grandeur.

The New Republic writes, "for 'swarm,' in other words...read 'be born again.' Graham is writing about a spiritual turning point, a new beginning.... Beauty — that is, the pure sense-perception which has long been a concern for Graham — is no longer the most important criterion. Now goodness is...[and] the idea of submission, of obedience, without understanding: one must 'yield' before 'hearing the reason' for yielding."

About the Author

Jorie Graham is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the Pulitzer Prize. She divides her time between western France and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches at Harvard University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060935092
Author:
Graham, Jorie
Publisher:
Ecco
Author:
by Jorie Graham
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20010605
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
132
Dimensions:
10 x 8.75 in 5.12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , T S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery — and Jorie Graham. The New Yorker places Ms. Graham in this distinguished line of poets, heralding the Pulitzer Prize winner as a profound voice in American poetry. Now, in her eighth collection, she further enhances her reputation with a book-length sequence of verse that is a stunning work of grandeur.The New Republic writes, for 'swarm, ' in other words...read 'be born again.' Graham is writing about a spiritual turning point, a new beginning.... Beauty — that is, the pure sense-perception which has long been a concern for Graham — is no longer the most important criterion. Now goodness is... and the idea of submission, of obedience, without understanding: one must 'yield' before 'hearing the reason' for yielding.
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T S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery — and Jorie Graham. The New Yorker places Ms. Graham in this distinguished line of poets, heralding the Pulitzer Prize winner as a profound voice in American poetry. Now, in her eighth collection, she further enhances her reputation with a book-length sequence of verse that is a stunning work of grandeur.

The New Republic writes, "for 'swarm,' in other words...read 'be born again.' Graham is writing about a spiritual turning point, a new beginning.... Beauty — that is, the pure sense-perception which has long been a concern for Graham — is no longer the most important criterion. Now goodness is...[and] the idea of submission, of obedience, without understanding: one must 'yield' before 'hearing the reason' for yielding."

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