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Naming the Stars: Poems

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Many of the poems in Naming the Stars are about the difficulty of balancing the desires of one self with those of another and the problem of solving the arguments between the body and the soul. The collection's perspective often shifts as the poet wonders how to tell a story that she is not certain she understands even as she lives it, but she finds solace in the sonnet and near-sonnet, giving the volume a recurring shape and a sequential thread. This is Sutphen's third book of poems and it is a change, both in style and subject matter: the poems here are more immediate and revealing emotionally, and the language (lean and complex) matches this intensity.

Naming the Stars

This present tragedy will eventually

turn into myth, and in the mist

of that later telling the bell tolling

now will be a symbol, or, at least,

a sign of something long since lost.

This will be another one of those

loose changes, the rearrangement of

hearts, just parts of old lives

patched together, gathered into

a dim constellation, small consolation.

Look, we will say, you can almost see

the outline there: her fingertips

touching his, the faint fusion

of two bodies breaking into light.

Joyce Sutphen's first book of poetry, Straight Out of View, won the Barnard New Women's Poets Prize (Beacon Press, 1995) and was recently republished by Holy Cow! Press (2001). Her second book of poems, Coming Back to the Body (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and other journals. She has read her work on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion. Ms. Sutphen's awards include the Eunice Tietjen's Memorial Prize from Poetry magazine, a Loft-McKnight Artist Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and grants from the Jerome Foundation. She holds a Ph.D in Renaissance Drama and teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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From an award-winning poet, a major new gathering of poems that employ the sonnet form.

Synopsis:

Poetry. "This present tragedy will eventually/ turn into myth, and in the mist/ of that later telling the bell tolling/ now will be a symbol, or, at least,/ a sign of something long since lost"-"Naming the Stars." SPD also carries STRAIGHT OUT OF VIEW and COMING BACK TO THE BODY by Joyce Sutphen.

About the Author

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm near St. Joseph, Minnesota, and currently lives in Chaska, Minnesota. She has degrees from the University of Minnesota, including a Ph. D. in Renaissance Drama. Her first book, STRAIGHT OUT OF VIEW, won the Barnard New Women's Poets Prize (Beacon Press, 1995, republished by Holy Cow! Press in 2001). COMING BACK TO THE BODY (Holy Cow! Press, 2000) was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and NAMING THE STARS (Holy Cow! Press 2004), won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published Fourteen Sonnets in a letterpress edition, and in 2006 she co-edited To Sing Along the Way, an award-winning anthology of Minnesota Women Poets from the Territorial Days to the Present (New Rivers Press). Her most recent book is FIRST WORDS (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Minnesota Monthly, North Dakota Review, and many other journals, and she has been a guest on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780930100056
Author:
Sutphen, Joyce
Publisher:
Holy Cow Press
Location:
Duluth, MN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 Color illustrations
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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