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Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (Poets, Penguin)

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Publisher Comments:

A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has become one of his generation's most accomplished poets, renowned for his irony, power, and lucid style and for his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century examination of human thoughts and emotions—Wrigley's new collection means to examine our world through the lens of melancholia. From imagined war memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' lost daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to Rush Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a man named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), these are poems that elegize and celebrate that most beautiful, exasperating, joyous, miserable, and perfectly imperfect of all creatures—the human being.

Review:

"Wrigley (Lives of the Animals, 2003) has been offering up well-crafted, articulate and largely autobiographical free verse since the 1970s, often reflecting his Great Plains roots or his longtime residence among the woods of northern Idaho. This ample career-spanning selection shows how little the essence of his carefully wrought poems appears to have changed: the notion that 'the body's one life, constant, expansive, simultaneous' informs all his observations and invocations, cast, often, into sinuously subordinated, easy-to-follow sentences. Wrigley's personality remains a granite constant even as his attention wanders — from the distant past to the near future, from his parents to cottonmouth snakes, from a confident mare in spring to a 'Sad Moose': 'Each day for a week I've watched him,/ the ribs defined into claws.' Wrigley's quiet respect for nonhuman nature and his consistent interest in the meaning of sex, paternity and literary inheritance unify his detailed and trustworthy, if rarely pyrotechnic, work, in which 'Living is a slow dance you know/ you're dreaming, but the chill at your neck/ is real.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

One of his generation's most accomplished poets, Robert Wrigley is renowned for his ironic, powerful, and lucid style as well as his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Earthly Meditations features nineteen original poems alongside a collection of sixty-one poems chosen from his first six books.

About the Author

Robert Wrigley is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. His sixth and most recent book, Lives of the Animals, won the 2004 Poets’ Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143037798
Author:
Wrigley, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Poets
Author:
igley
Author:
Robert Wr
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.04x6.06x.47 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wrigley (Lives of the Animals, 2003) has been offering up well-crafted, articulate and largely autobiographical free verse since the 1970s, often reflecting his Great Plains roots or his longtime residence among the woods of northern Idaho. This ample career-spanning selection shows how little the essence of his carefully wrought poems appears to have changed: the notion that 'the body's one life, constant, expansive, simultaneous' informs all his observations and invocations, cast, often, into sinuously subordinated, easy-to-follow sentences. Wrigley's personality remains a granite constant even as his attention wanders — from the distant past to the near future, from his parents to cottonmouth snakes, from a confident mare in spring to a 'Sad Moose': 'Each day for a week I've watched him,/ the ribs defined into claws.' Wrigley's quiet respect for nonhuman nature and his consistent interest in the meaning of sex, paternity and literary inheritance unify his detailed and trustworthy, if rarely pyrotechnic, work, in which 'Living is a slow dance you know/ you're dreaming, but the chill at your neck/ is real.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
One of his generation's most accomplished poets, Robert Wrigley is renowned for his ironic, powerful, and lucid style as well as his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Earthly Meditations features nineteen original poems alongside a collection of sixty-one poems chosen from his first six books.

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