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Publisher Comments:

"How I would like to catch the world / at pure idea," writes Jorie Graham, for whom a bird may be an alphabet, and flight an arc. Whatever the occasion--and her work offers a rich profusion of them--the poems reach to where possession is not within us, where new names are needed and meaning enlarged. Hence, what she sees reminds her of what is missing, and what she knows suggests what she cannot. From any event, she arcs bravely into the farthest reaches of mind. Fast readers will have trouble, but so what. To the good reader afraid of complexity, I would offer the clear trust that must bond us to such signal poems as (simply to cite three appearing in a row) "Mother's Sewing Box," "For My Father Looking for My Uncle," and "The Chicory Comes Out Late August in Umbria." Finally, the poet's words again: ". . . you get / just what you want" and (just before that), "Just as / from time to time / we need to seize again / the whole language / in search of / better desires."--Marvin Bell

Review:

"For the reader who follows the many twists and turns of thought in these poems, the reward is a collection which offers a great deal to ponder and a vision rich in variety and complexity. Graham compresses much meaning into terse phrases as she threads perceptions together in amazing combinations. Some poems focus on minute observations, analyzing and expanding each facet; others meditate on subjects inspired by artists or philosophers, spinning off in many directions. Beneath a calm, contemplative surface, Graham uses language in a uniquely challenging way, often abstract and elusive. Each poem is an elegantly intellectual conjunction of image, idea, and emotion, skillfully interwoven." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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"How I would like to catch the world / at pure idea," writes Jorie Graham, for whom a bird may be an alphabet, and flight an arc. Whatever the occasion--and her work offers a rich profusion of them--the poems reach to where possession is not within us, where new names are needed and meaning enlarged. Hence, what she sees reminds her of what is missing, and what she knows suggests what she cannot. From any event, she arcs bravely into the farthest reaches of mind. Fast readers will have trouble, but so what. To the good reader afraid of complexity, I would offer the clear trust that must bond us to such signal poems as (simply to cite three appearing in a row) "Mother's Sewing Box," "For My Father Looking for My Uncle," and "The Chicory Comes Out Late August in Umbria." Finally, the poet's words again: ". . . you get / just what you want" and (just before that), "Just as / from time to time / we need to seize again / the whole language / in search of / better desires."--Marvin Bell

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691013350
Author:
Graham, Jorie
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Jorie Gra
Author:
Ham
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets
Series Volume:
no. 338
Publication Date:
June 1980
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.47x6.15x.27 in. .26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "How I would like to catch the world / at pure idea," writes Jorie Graham, for whom a bird may be an alphabet, and flight an arc. Whatever the occasion--and her work offers a rich profusion of them--the poems reach to where possession is not within us, where new names are needed and meaning enlarged. Hence, what she sees reminds her of what is missing, and what she knows suggests what she cannot. From any event, she arcs bravely into the farthest reaches of mind. Fast readers will have trouble, but so what. To the good reader afraid of complexity, I would offer the clear trust that must bond us to such signal poems as (simply to cite three appearing in a row) "Mother's Sewing Box," "For My Father Looking for My Uncle," and "The Chicory Comes Out Late August in Umbria." Finally, the poet's words again: ". . . you get / just what you want" and (just before that), "Just as / from time to time / we need to seize again / the whole language / in search of / better desires."--Marvin Bell
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