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"X" is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a "vertigo of solitude" with his marriage dissolved, his only daughter grown and gone, and the log house he built by hand abandoned. "What did I love that made me believe it would last?" he asks.

Something has to be true enough to be
Taken for granted.
In the hospital I saw
An old man
Caressing the face of an old woman.
This same man, young, caressed her face
In just that way.
That's the stillness
At the center of change —
A sadness worth dying for, I swear —
There is no other.

— from "Dying into What I've Done"

Review:

"As in 'Ex-': "Why was the last kiss May seventh/ And so shy?" Such unanswerable questions, and the sad moments that take the place of replies, make this sixth book of poetry from Galvin (Resurrection Update; Fencing the Sky) both his most focused and his most affecting." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry." The Nation

Review:

"In James Galvin we have a superior poet." American Book Review

Review:

"Galvin's poems have the virtues of precise observation and original language, yes, but what he also brings to the table is a rigor of mind and firmness of phrasing which make the slightest of his poems an architectural pleasure." Harvard Review

Synopsis:

2002 Lannan Award winner explores through poetry the "vertigo of solitude" as his family dissolves.

Synopsis:

Poetry. X is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a "vertigo of solitude" with his marriage dissolved, his only daughter grown and gone, and the log house he built by hand abandoned. "James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry"-The Nation.

Synopsis:

"X" is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a "vertigo of solitude" with his marriage dissolved, his only daughter grown and gone, and the log house he built by hand abandoned. "What did I love that made me believe it would last?" he asks.

Something has to be true enough to be

Taken for granted.

In the hospital I saw

An old man

Caressing the face of an old woman.

This same man, young, caressed her face

In just that way.

That’s the stillness

At the center of change—

A sadness worth dying for, I swear—

There is no other.

—from "Dying into What I’ve Done"

"James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry."—The Nation

"In James Galvin we have a superior poet."—American Book Review

"Galvin’s poems have the virtues of precise observation and original language, yes, but what he also brings to the table is a rigor of mind and firmness of phrasing which make the slightest of his poems an architectural pleasure."—Harvard Review

James Galvin has published five collections of poetry, most recently Resurrection Update: Collected Poems 1975–1997, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Prize. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed prose book, The Meadow and a novel, Fencing the Sky. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming, where he works as a rancher part of each year, and in Iowa City, where he is a member of the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

About the Author

James Galvin is both a rancher in Wyoming and on the permanent faculty at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of six books of poems, an acclaimed memoir The Meadow, and a novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591914
Author:
Galvin, James
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
Port Townsend, Wash.
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poems.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Lannan Literary Selections
Series Volume:
107-285
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "As in 'Ex-': "Why was the last kiss May seventh/ And so shy?" Such unanswerable questions, and the sad moments that take the place of replies, make this sixth book of poetry from Galvin (Resurrection Update; Fencing the Sky) both his most focused and his most affecting." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry."
"Review" by , "In James Galvin we have a superior poet."
"Review" by , "Galvin's poems have the virtues of precise observation and original language, yes, but what he also brings to the table is a rigor of mind and firmness of phrasing which make the slightest of his poems an architectural pleasure."
"Synopsis" by ,
2002 Lannan Award winner explores through poetry the "vertigo of solitude" as his family dissolves.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. X is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a "vertigo of solitude" with his marriage dissolved, his only daughter grown and gone, and the log house he built by hand abandoned. "James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry"-The Nation.
"Synopsis" by ,

"X" is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a "vertigo of solitude" with his marriage dissolved, his only daughter grown and gone, and the log house he built by hand abandoned. "What did I love that made me believe it would last?" he asks.

Something has to be true enough to be

Taken for granted.

In the hospital I saw

An old man

Caressing the face of an old woman.

This same man, young, caressed her face

In just that way.

That’s the stillness

At the center of change—

A sadness worth dying for, I swear—

There is no other.

—from "Dying into What I’ve Done"

"James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry."—The Nation

"In James Galvin we have a superior poet."—American Book Review

"Galvin’s poems have the virtues of precise observation and original language, yes, but what he also brings to the table is a rigor of mind and firmness of phrasing which make the slightest of his poems an architectural pleasure."—Harvard Review

James Galvin has published five collections of poetry, most recently Resurrection Update: Collected Poems 1975–1997, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Prize. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed prose book, The Meadow and a novel, Fencing the Sky. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming, where he works as a rancher part of each year, and in Iowa City, where he is a member of the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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