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Worth (Kuhl House Poets)

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In Worth Robyn Schiff inquires about making, buying, selling, and stealing in the material world, the natural landscape, and the human soul. Opening with the renowned couture house of Charles Frederick Worth, the father of high fashion--"The dress was so big, / one's hand is useless to take glass from table; / the skirt approaches while the hand is yet distanced"--and ending with the House of De Beers and a diamond thief named Adam Worth--"You'll know me by my approach / I'm coming on foot with a diamond in my mouth"--Schiff moves from Cartier and Tiffany to the Shedd Aquarium, from Marie Antoinette to the Civil War, from Mary Pickford to Marilyn Monroe. These strong, multi-layered poems test the transformative powers of dressmakers, jewelers, actors, and Darwin's darkest finches as they adapt to a changing world where the same train hurtles past them toward marketplace and death camp both. Throughout, many of the poems use inherited forms to tell their stories, but the inheritance here comes down damaged and threadbare--yet full of power.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780877458203
Author:
Schiff, Robyn
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Location:
Iowa City
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Number:
2002
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Kuhl House Poets
Series Volume:
no. <21>, etc.
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 0.5 in

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