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Assembling the Shepherd: Poems

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I discovered this book in grad school, during an assignment to find a strong first collection by a fairly young (under 40) poet. Tessa Rumsey certainly fit the bill. She's a Conjunctions/Colorado Review/Denver Quarterly poet; a student of Jorie Graham's, her work tightens and plays with form for a different and more precise vision. Her first book casts stark light on subjects like exile, faith, and reconstruction, and intelligently charts the interior spaces of geography and nature. She uses cycles, multi-layered voices, fragments; some examples of recurring images are the sundial, the river, the bomb. These poems are sharp. They are not narrative poems, and they are not, sometimes, easy poems, but they are well worth the time for a first, second, or tenth reading. Rumsey is thinking in these poems, along with the reader, and her words create the possibility of thoughtful hope.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

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Driven by an endless matrix of poetic forms, the poems of Assembling the Shepherd create a world where allusions to Plato and the Dead Sea scrolls intermingle with car culture and terrorism, where modern skylines are framed within the history of alchemy and architecture. Tessa Rumsey uses words in ways that defy summary and synonym in poetry that challenges the boundaries of common dualities--city and desert, heaven and earth, waking and dreaming, violence and harmony, destruction and regeneration, recollecting and forecasting. She attempts to move beyond these natural contrasts in her poetry, and beyond point of view to create a collection that offers an elemental glimpse of the fragmented yet interconnected world we live in.

Throughout the book, familiar themes are seen again and again, undergoing subtle metamorphosis: the seasonal solstice, the sundial, the planets, the Sphinx--as Rumsey invites us beneath the surface of her words.

About the Author

Tessa Rumsey studied philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, New Republic, and many other magazines. She lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820321684
Author:
Rumsey, Tessa
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Location:
Athens :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author - American (General)
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Contemporary Poetry Series
Series Volume:
no. 105-110
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.25 in 0.29 lb

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I discovered this book in grad school, during an assignment to find a strong first collection by a fairly young (under 40) poet. Tessa Rumsey certainly fit the bill. She's a Conjunctions/Colorado Review/Denver Quarterly poet; a student of Jorie Graham's, her work tightens and plays with form for a different and more precise vision. Her first book casts stark light on subjects like exile, faith, and reconstruction, and intelligently charts the interior spaces of geography and nature. She uses cycles, multi-layered voices, fragments; some examples of recurring images are the sundial, the river, the bomb. These poems are sharp. They are not narrative poems, and they are not, sometimes, easy poems, but they are well worth the time for a first, second, or tenth reading. Rumsey is thinking in these poems, along with the reader, and her words create the possibility of thoughtful hope.

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