25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

spacer

On Order

$32.50
New Hardcover
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse Poetry- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

Columbarium (Phoenix Poets)

by

Columbarium (Phoenix Poets) Cover

 

Awards

Winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in the category of poetry.

In her long-awaited fourth book of poetry, Susan Stewart gives us a series of splendid, numinous poems about truths learned with the mind but set free through the senses. Modeled on the seventeenth-century practice of century forms, or books of one hundred pages, Columbarium expresses the bond between the living and the dead in voices of parent to child, lover to beloved, and mortal to the gods. The book arrives as a meditative gift from one of our most respected poet-critics.

Stewart frames her Columbarium with four poems paying homage to the elements-to their destructive and creative aspects and to their roles in the human and more than human worlds. Both nest and crypt, the book's center holds an alphabet of "shadow georgics," poems of instruction and doubt that link knowledge and the unconscious. Questions of mortality, of goodness and suffering, and of the fragility and power of memory animate these poems. In one poem an apple calls the narrator back from the dead to savor the echoes of its varieties in myth and literature. In another, the seeds of a pear tree reveal the essential unity that makes the diversity of existence possible.

Stewart's Columbarium is both a memorial to the dead and a testament to life.

Review:

"[A]s in previous work, it is moments of brief and simple aphorism...that forcefully summarize the book's project." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Deeply disturbing poems of original and unforgettable craft." Maureen Seaton, Boston Review

About the Author

Susan Stewart is a professor of English at Princeton University and a former MacArthur Fellow. She is the author of three previous books of poetry, most recently The Forest, published by the University of Chicago Press and winner of the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Atheneum for 1995. She has also written several books of literary and art criticism, including Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism and is also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I THE ELEMENTS

Sung from the generation of AIR

Drawn from the generation of FIRE

II SHADOW GEORGICS

Apple

Bees

Braid

Cross/X

Dark the star

Forms of Forts

Let me tell you about my marvellous god

Two Brief Views of Hell

shadow/ Isaiah

Jump

Kingfisher Carol

Lightning

shadow/ Lintel

What You Said about the Moon

Night Songs

Now in the minute

O

Pear

The History of Quiver

Rewind

The Rose

Scarecrow

The Seasons

shadow/ Shadow

From "Lessons from Television"

These Trees in Particular

Unless and Until

Lost Rules of Usage

Vigil

Weather

Wings

X/Cross

To You and For You

Zero

III THE ELEMENTS

Wrought from the

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226774435
Author:
Stewart, Susan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
132
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

Other books you might like

  1. Glass, Irony, and God New Trade Paper $15.95
  2. The Fetch: The Runestone Saga, Book... Used Hardcover $3.95
  3. The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor
    Used Trade Paper $2.48
  4. Sun Out: Selected Poems 1952-1954 New Trade Paper $14.50
  5. American Poets Continuum Series #88:... New Trade Paper $14.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

Columbarium (Phoenix Poets) New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$32.50 Backorder
Product details 132 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226774435 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]s in previous work, it is moments of brief and simple aphorism...that forcefully summarize the book's project."
"Review" by , "Deeply disturbing poems of original and unforgettable craft."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.