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Salt : Winner of the 1991 Brittingham Poetry Prize (91 Edition)

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'While, as she reminds us, 'We have not the eyes for darkness / and our ears are poor cousins / to those who measure the night, ' Renee Ashley can tune our ears to the thoughts of a wounded sparrow, to the sibilance of snow on stone, even to the song rocks make as they thaw in spring. Through her keen portrayal of 'The Way Birds Must Live' or her glorious meditation on 'The Way Women Sweat, ' the corruscating, multifaceted title poem 'Salt, ' or the pungent narrative in 'Skunk, ' Ashley wakes us to an intricate, enthralling world behind, beneath, beyond the one we thought we knew, alive with particulars, laces with compassion, luminous with humor.' -Donald Finkel, citation for the Brittingham Prize

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Renée Ashley describes Salt as an attempt, in part, to mythologize a period of the 1950s and early 1960s in the California Bay Area suburb where she grew up, “a racially rich, economically varied section of town east of El Camino Real—the major road and the ‘tracks’, so to speak, that one grew up on the right or wrong side of.”  Many of the poems in the collection explore Ashley’s adjustment to the East Coast after a virtual lifetime in “that one place.”  They  deal with landscape, with marriage, with the insight distance seems to lend to hindsight, with amusement, with regret. 

“Renée Ashley can tune our ears to the thoughts of a wounded sparrow, to the sibilance of snow on stone, even to the song rocks make as they thaw in spring.  .  .  .  She wakes us to an intricate, enthralling world behind, beneath, beyond the one we thought we knew, alive with particulars, laced with compassion, luminous with humor.”—Donald Finkel

About the Author

Winner of the 1991 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299131449
Author:
Ashley, Renee
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Location:
Madison, Wis. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Brittingham Prize in Poetry
Series Volume:
9376
Publication Date:
19911031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
70
Dimensions:
8.50 x 6.25 in

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Renée Ashley describes Salt as an attempt, in part, to mythologize a period of the 1950s and early 1960s in the California Bay Area suburb where she grew up, “a racially rich, economically varied section of town east of El Camino Real—the major road and the ‘tracks’, so to speak, that one grew up on the right or wrong side of.”  Many of the poems in the collection explore Ashley’s adjustment to the East Coast after a virtual lifetime in “that one place.”  They  deal with landscape, with marriage, with the insight distance seems to lend to hindsight, with amusement, with regret. 

“Renée Ashley can tune our ears to the thoughts of a wounded sparrow, to the sibilance of snow on stone, even to the song rocks make as they thaw in spring.  .  .  .  She wakes us to an intricate, enthralling world behind, beneath, beyond the one we thought we knew, alive with particulars, laced with compassion, luminous with humor.”—Donald Finkel

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