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Publisher Comments:

A magnificent new collection from National Book Award finalist and Kingsley Tufts Award winner Linda Gregerson

In eloquent poems about Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, the death of a father, a bombing raid in Lebanon, and in a magnificent series detailing Masaccios Brancacci frescoes, The Selvage deftly traces the “line between” the “wonder and woe” of human experience. Keenly attuned to the precariousness of our existence in a fractured world—of “how little the world will spare us”—Gregerson explores the cruelty of human and political violence, such as the recent island massacre in Norway and “the current nightmare” of war and terrorism. And yet, running as a “counterpoint” to violence and cruelty is “The reigning brilliance / of the genome and / the risen moon . . . ,” “The / arachnids exoskeleton. The kestrels eye.” The Selvage is the boldest evidence yet that Linda Gregersons unique combination of dramatic lyricism and fierce intelligence transcends current fashions to claim an enduring place in American poetry.

Review:

"The eighth gathering of poems from Plumly (Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me) offers many beauties but few surprises. Onrushing, almost whispering, pentameters, divided into lyric meditations, depict the winters, summers, springs, snows, fogs, skies and greenery of Europe and of the American East Coast, where Plumly resides. We see 'a winter city, night city, streetlights/ blurred in mist' (Prague); 'glittering halves of oyster shells'; 'first crocuses and the lavender called redbud' blooming on a college campus; even, in one poem called 'Pastoral,' the 'complexities of leaves,/ the umbels, whorls, bracts, and involucres.' Plumly remains as much a poet of elegy as he is a poet of nature: odes and memorials to other poets, living and dead, show 'how we all change with time but don't.' Plumly can seem morbid, or bathetic, as in a sonnet called 'When He Fell Backwards into His Coffin,' about a corpse found in a bathtub; he can also seem content with mere prettiness, speaking nothing but 'Summer's/ language like sunlight on stone, light itself the stone.' Yet Plumly has admirers for good reason: few poets have sounded so often so comfortable at once with the recollections and strong emotions involved in autobiography, and with attention to a beautiful natural world. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

"Successor to James Wright and John Keats, with a marvelous ear for the music of contemplation."--Rita Dove

Synopsis:

'Stanley Plumly\'s masterful eighth collection--wherein he confronts and celebrates mortality--was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.\n

'

Synopsis:

A collection of 35 new poems that will reinforce Rodney Jones's reputation as one of America's most versatile narrative poets.

Synopsis:

The poems in Selvage, Linda Gregersons first collection since her Kingsley Tufts Award winning Magnetic North, allude to Milton, to the great myths of Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, and include a magnificent series detailing Masaccios frescoes about the life of Saint Peter.

Synopsis:

A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award–winning poet Imaginary Logicis a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. 

Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry).Imaginary Logicis the most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

Synopsis:

A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award-winning poet Imaginary Logic is a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. “The Art of Heaven” opens with a parody of Dante and a down-home, twisted humor that Joness readers have come to rely on: “In the middle of my life I came to a dark wood, / the smell of barbecue, kids running in the yards. / Not deep depression. This nice hell of suburbs. / Speed bumps. The way things arent quite paradise.” Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas “best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets” (Poetry). Imaginary Logic is the most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

About the Author

Stanley Plumlyis a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Contents

IMAGINARY LOGIC

In the Days of Magical Realism 3

Voice Making the Sounds of Engines 4

Ambition 6

On Fiction 7

The Competition of Prayers 9

On Criticism 12

Feelings, by Ashley Higgins 13

The Elementary Principles of Rhetoric 15

The Heaven of Self-Pity 16

The Ante 17

Confidential Advice 19

Starstruck 21

The End of Practice 23

Winning 25

Metaphors for the Trance 27

Rememberer 28

Hubris at Zunzal 30

Last Man Standing 31

IN MEDIA RES

Two Quick Scenes from the Late Sixties 35

The Essence of Man 39

Deathly 41

In Media Res 43

What Is True for a Minute 45

The Previous Tenants 47

Cathedral 57

RELIQUARY OF THE OTHER WORLD

The Art of Heaven 61

The Moons: Notes on the Formation of Self 64

The Poem of Fountains 67

The Trip to Opelika 71

The Eviction 75

North Alabama Endtime 78

Lines for the Joe Wheeler Rural Electric Cooperative 81

Acknowledgments 83

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393065688
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Plumly, Stanley
Author:
Gregerson, Linda
Author:
Jones, Rodney
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070917
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The eighth gathering of poems from Plumly (Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me) offers many beauties but few surprises. Onrushing, almost whispering, pentameters, divided into lyric meditations, depict the winters, summers, springs, snows, fogs, skies and greenery of Europe and of the American East Coast, where Plumly resides. We see 'a winter city, night city, streetlights/ blurred in mist' (Prague); 'glittering halves of oyster shells'; 'first crocuses and the lavender called redbud' blooming on a college campus; even, in one poem called 'Pastoral,' the 'complexities of leaves,/ the umbels, whorls, bracts, and involucres.' Plumly remains as much a poet of elegy as he is a poet of nature: odes and memorials to other poets, living and dead, show 'how we all change with time but don't.' Plumly can seem morbid, or bathetic, as in a sonnet called 'When He Fell Backwards into His Coffin,' about a corpse found in a bathtub; he can also seem content with mere prettiness, speaking nothing but 'Summer's/ language like sunlight on stone, light itself the stone.' Yet Plumly has admirers for good reason: few poets have sounded so often so comfortable at once with the recollections and strong emotions involved in autobiography, and with attention to a beautiful natural world. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "Successor to James Wright and John Keats, with a marvelous ear for the music of contemplation."--Rita Dove
"Synopsis" by , 'Stanley Plumly\'s masterful eighth collection--wherein he confronts and celebrates mortality--was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.\n

'

"Synopsis" by ,

A collection of 35 new poems that will reinforce Rodney Jones's reputation as one of America's most versatile narrative poets.

"Synopsis" by , The poems in Selvage, Linda Gregersons first collection since her Kingsley Tufts Award winning Magnetic North, allude to Milton, to the great myths of Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, and include a magnificent series detailing Masaccios frescoes about the life of Saint Peter.
"Synopsis" by , A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award–winning poet Imaginary Logicis a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. 

Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry).Imaginary Logicis the most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

"Synopsis" by , A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award-winning poet Imaginary Logic is a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. “The Art of Heaven” opens with a parody of Dante and a down-home, twisted humor that Joness readers have come to rely on: “In the middle of my life I came to a dark wood, / the smell of barbecue, kids running in the yards. / Not deep depression. This nice hell of suburbs. / Speed bumps. The way things arent quite paradise.” Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas “best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets” (Poetry). Imaginary Logic is the most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

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