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Publisher Comments:

Poetry. Prageeta Sharma is an Indian-American woman who writes poems that engage the tradition of the New York School of writing. This is a complex hybridization: Her aesthetic precursors are Frank O'Hara, Barbara Guest, and John Ashbery, while her concerns as a poet are far more engagee than these three might ever claim to be. She writes of the experiences of a class-displaced, first-Generation Hindoo Romantic, and her landscapes and language follow cannily and whimsically from that position. An exploration of the compatibility of human desire with personal ethics is at the heart of INFAMOUS LANDSCAPES, whose voices work both with and against a perceived Wordsworthian innocence. In these poems Sharma turns away from Romanticism with a certain disconcerted, feminine shame, one that finds her peering through an enculturated, gendered lens. The landscapes of these poems are urban and "natural," inasmuch as both inhere in the human psyche as symbol and metaphor. Prageeta Sharma was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. She is the author of BLISS TO FILL and THE OPENING QUESTION, which was selected for the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Series by Peter Gizzi. She is the director of the Creative Writing program at University of Montana in Missoula.

Review:

"Sharma's third collection places its author in the bewildering atmosphere of unfamiliar customs and ambiguous relationships, often expressed as a clash between Eastern and Western culture, but in a broader context. In these poems, Sharma craves simplicity and honesty in a world that seems increasingly corrupt. 'Off-Year: Several Hopes & Health Games' examines the power dynamic in relationships between women and men: 'You are not really a master!' she says, 'I just invented this to control my own longings.' Sharma also asks serious questions, but gives in to passion, too, though not without complications. Convictions and morals fight with a desire for absolute abandon; this conflict is figured as a charming innocence, corruptible but ultimately prevailing: 'Her wooden nickels paid for wilderness.' Lyrically motivated and contemplative, Sharma (The Opening Question) may be more concerned with language than with the images it can conjure, but finds meaning by observation and definition, attaining her own peculiar logic and phrasing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Sharma turns away from Romanticism with a certain disconcerted, feminine shame, one that finds her peering through a gendered lens.

Synopsis:

An exploration of the compatibility of human desire with personal ethics is at the heart of INFAMOUS LANDSCAPES. In these poems Sharma turns away from Romanticism with a certain disconcerted, feminine shame, one that finds her peering through a gendered lens. The landscapes are urban and "natural," inasmuch as both inhere in the human psyche as symbol and metaphor.

About the Author

Prageeta Sharma was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. She is the author of BLISS TO FILL and THE OPENING QUESTION, which was selected for the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Series by Peter Gizzi. She is the director of the Creative Writing program at University of Montana in Missoula.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781934200087
Author:
Sharma, Prageeta
Publisher:
Fence Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
62
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sharma's third collection places its author in the bewildering atmosphere of unfamiliar customs and ambiguous relationships, often expressed as a clash between Eastern and Western culture, but in a broader context. In these poems, Sharma craves simplicity and honesty in a world that seems increasingly corrupt. 'Off-Year: Several Hopes & Health Games' examines the power dynamic in relationships between women and men: 'You are not really a master!' she says, 'I just invented this to control my own longings.' Sharma also asks serious questions, but gives in to passion, too, though not without complications. Convictions and morals fight with a desire for absolute abandon; this conflict is figured as a charming innocence, corruptible but ultimately prevailing: 'Her wooden nickels paid for wilderness.' Lyrically motivated and contemplative, Sharma (The Opening Question) may be more concerned with language than with the images it can conjure, but finds meaning by observation and definition, attaining her own peculiar logic and phrasing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Sharma turns away from Romanticism with a certain disconcerted, feminine shame, one that finds her peering through a gendered lens.
"Synopsis" by ,
An exploration of the compatibility of human desire with personal ethics is at the heart of INFAMOUS LANDSCAPES. In these poems Sharma turns away from Romanticism with a certain disconcerted, feminine shame, one that finds her peering through a gendered lens. The landscapes are urban and "natural," inasmuch as both inhere in the human psyche as symbol and metaphor.
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