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“Mysterious and enticing, Murder (A Violet) is a brilliant narrative. This serial poem provides room for the reader to enter and participate in the game played by its textual agents—the assassin, the abbess, the janissaries, the vines, the trees. Flashes of action, some of them quite violent and noir alternate with evocative, lyrical passages reminiscent of Japanese landscape scrolls, and speeches concerning questions of guilt and redemption—all of this composed with a light touch and an ear sensitive to the weights and balances of words.”—Anselm Hollo, National Poetry Series judge

Raymond McDaniel grew up in Florida and now lives in Ann Arbor where he writes for the Constant Critic, teaches at the University of Michigan and hosts the reading series at Shaman Drum Bookshop.

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A National Poetry Series Winner, this collection follows a medieval assassin seeking refuge from her sordid past.

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Poetry. Winner of the 2003 National Poetry Series, MURDER (A VIOLET) "is a prismatic poem, composed of polished facets. Raymond McDaniel's language trains every particle of your attention on the surface and what stirs beneath"--C.D. Wright. In McDaniel's own words, "MURDER is constructed according to the principle of holographic memory, which dictates that every fragment of an image contains all the information relevant to that image, every detail necessary to achieve its perfect reconstruction." Raymond McDaniel lives in Ann Arbor where he writes for the Constant Critic and teaches at the University of Michigan.

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Mysterious and enticing, Murder (a violet)is a brilliant narrative constructed out of fragmentsthat describe by accretion.The author asks us to Imagine an epic from which a minor character walks away. Epic-adjacent.There are instructions for readingand possible entrances,but this serial poem also provides room for the reader to enter and participate in the game played by its textual agentsthe assassin, the abbess, the janissaries, the vines, the trees. Flashes of action, some of them quite violent and noir,alternate with evocative, lyrical passages reminiscent of Japanese landscape scrolls, and speeches concerning questions of guilt and redemptionall of this composed, with a light touch and an ear sensitive to the weights and balances of words, into a musical structure that rewards re-reading.Anselm Hollo, National Poetry Series judge

About the Author

Raymond McDaniel is the author of the National Poetry Series award-winning collection Murder (a violet). His writing appears in many magazines and in the anthology American Poets in the 21st Century. A Floridian, McDaniel now lives in Ann Arbor, teaches at the University of Michigan, hosts the reading series at Shaman Drum Bookshop, and writes for The Constant Critic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566891653
Author:
Mcdaniel, Raymond
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Author:
McDaniel, Raymond
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
National Poetry Series Books
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
70
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.3 in 5 oz

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A National Poetry Series Winner, this collection follows a medieval assassin seeking refuge from her sordid past.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Winner of the 2003 National Poetry Series, MURDER (A VIOLET) "is a prismatic poem, composed of polished facets. Raymond McDaniel's language trains every particle of your attention on the surface and what stirs beneath"--C.D. Wright. In McDaniel's own words, "MURDER is constructed according to the principle of holographic memory, which dictates that every fragment of an image contains all the information relevant to that image, every detail necessary to achieve its perfect reconstruction." Raymond McDaniel lives in Ann Arbor where he writes for the Constant Critic and teaches at the University of Michigan.
"Synopsis" by , Mysterious and enticing, Murder (a violet)is a brilliant narrative constructed out of fragmentsthat describe by accretion.The author asks us to Imagine an epic from which a minor character walks away. Epic-adjacent.There are instructions for readingand possible entrances,but this serial poem also provides room for the reader to enter and participate in the game played by its textual agentsthe assassin, the abbess, the janissaries, the vines, the trees. Flashes of action, some of them quite violent and noir,alternate with evocative, lyrical passages reminiscent of Japanese landscape scrolls, and speeches concerning questions of guilt and redemptionall of this composed, with a light touch and an ear sensitive to the weights and balances of words, into a musical structure that rewards re-reading.Anselm Hollo, National Poetry Series judge
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