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Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts

Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts

Author: Jorie Graham
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 140083144X
Pages: 80
Year: 2011-11-14
"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
Erosion

Erosion

Author: Jorie Graham
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400831423
Pages: 96
Year: 1983-05-01
From Erosion: SAN SEPOLCRO Jorie Graham ? . . . . How clean the mind is, holy grave. It is this girl by Piero della Francesca, unbuttoning her blue dress, her mantle of weather, to go into labor. Come, we can go in. It is before the birth of god. No-one has risen yet to the museums, to the assembly line bodies and wings to the open air market. This is what the living do: go in. It's a long way. And the dress keeps opening from eternity to privacy, quickening. Inside, at the heart, is tragedy, the present moment forever stillborn, but going in, each breath is a button coming undone, something terribly nimble-fingered finding all of the stops. Jorie Graham grew up in Italy and now lives in northern California.She has received grants from the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, the Bunting Institute, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.Her first book, Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (Princeton, 1980), won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award as the best first book of poems published in 1980.
Never

Never

Author: Jorie Graham
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: 0060084723
Pages: 128
Year: 2003-03-04
Jorie Graham's collection of poems, Never, primarily addresses concern over our environment in crisis. One of the most challenging poets writing today, Graham is no easy read, but the rewards are well worth the effort. While thematically present, her concern is not exclusively the demise of natural resources and depletion of species, but the philosophical and perceptual difficulty in capturing and depicting a physical world that may be lost, or one that we humans have limited sight of and into. As she notes in "The Taken-Down God": "We wish to not be erased from the / picture. We wish to picture the erasure. The human earth and its appearance. / The human and its disappearance." With a style that is fragmented and somewhat whirling--language dips and darts and asides are taken--Graham stays on point and presents an honest intellect at work, fumbling for an accurate understanding (or description) of the natural world, self-conscious about the limitations of language and perception.
From the New World

From the New World

Author: Jorie Graham
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: 0062315447
Pages: 384
Year: 2016-02-16
An indispensable volume of poems, selected from almost four decades of work, that tracks the evolution of one of our most renowned contemporary poets, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jorie Graham. The Poetry Foundation has named Jorie Graham “one of the most celebrated poets of the American post-war generation.” In 1996, her volume of poetry selected from her first five books, Dream of a Unified Field, won the Pulitzer Prize. Now, twenty years later, Graham returns with a new selection, this time from eleven volumes, including previously unpublished work, which, in its breathtaking overview, illuminates of the development of her remarkable poetry thus far. In From the New World—Poems 1976-2014, we can witness the unfolding of Graham’s signature ethical and eco-political concerns, as well as her deft exploration of mythology, history, love and, increasingly, love of the world in a time of crisis. As the work evolves, the depth of compassion grows—gradually transforming, widening and expanding her extraordinary formal resources and her inimitable style. These pages present a brilliant portrait one of the major voices of American contemporary poetry. As critic Calvin Bedient says, “If Graham has proved oversized as a poet in the field of contemporary poetry, it is because she continually recalls the great Western tradition of philosophical and religious inquiry . . . tenaciously thinking and feeling her way through layer after layer of perception, like no poet before her.”
Dream Of The Unified Field

Dream Of The Unified Field

Author: Jorie Graham
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062105914
Pages: 100
Year: 2011-12-20
The 1996 Pulitzer winner in poetry and a major collection, Jorie Graham's The Dream of the United Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994 spans twenty years of writing and includes generous selections from her first five books: Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts, The End of Beauty, Region of Unlikeness,and Materialism.
Materialism

Materialism

Author: Jorie Graham
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: 0880013427
Pages: 146
Year: 1993-11-21
In her fifth collection the poet undertakes a meditation on the nature of our restless relationship with matter.
Contemporary Poets

Contemporary Poets

Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1604135883
Pages: 209
Year: 2010
Collects critical essays on nine contemporary poets, including Adrienne Rich, John Hollander, and W. S. Merwin.
Contemporary American Poetry

Contemporary American Poetry

Author: Lloyd M. Davis
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810818299
Pages: 297
Year: 1985-01
Lists over 5,200 titles of books published by American poets between 1973 and 1983.
Carnations

Carnations

Author: Anthony Carelli
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 140083824X
Pages: 72
Year: 2011-03-14
In Anthony Carelli's remarkable debut, Carnations, the poems attempt to reanimate dead metaphors as blossoms: wild and lovely but also fleeting, mortal, and averse to the touch. Here, the poems are carnations, not only flowers, but also body-making words. Nodding to influences as varied as George Herbert, Francis Ponge, Fernando Pessoa, and D. H. Lawrence, Carelli asserts that the poet’s materials--words, objects, phenomena--are sacred, wilting in the moment, yet perennially renewed. Often taking titles from a biblical vocabulary, Carnations reminds us that unremarkable places and events--a game of Frisbee in a winter park, workers stacking panes in a glass factory, or the daily opening of a café--can, in a blink, be new. A short walk home is briefly transformed into a cathedral, and the work-worn body becomes a dancer, a prophet, a muse. ______ From Carnations: THE PROPHETS Anthony Carelli ? A river. And if not the river nearby, then a dream of a river. Nothing happens that doesn’t happen along a river, however humble the water may be. Take Rowan Creek, the trickle struggling to lug its mirroring across Poynette, wherein, suspended, so gentle and shallow, I learned to walk, bobbing at my father’s knees. Later, whenever we tried to meander on our inner tubes, we’d get lodged on the bottom. Seth, remember, no matter how we’d kick and shove off, we’d just get lodged again? At most an afternoon would carry us a hundred feet toward the willows. We’d piss ourselves on purpose just to feel the spirits of our warmth haloing out. And once, two bald men on the footbridge, bowing in the sky, stared down at us without a word.
The Errancy

The Errancy

Author: Jorie Graham
Publisher: Carcanet Press
ISBN: 1857543564
Pages: 112
Year: 1998
An erotic collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Jorie Graham. In these poems, she approaches sexual, emotional, political and spiritual desire - desire in an age of betrayed values. Lovers celebrate the body, and angels deliver celestial warnings.
Poetry

Poetry

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Year: 1980

Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus

Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus

Author: Clifton Crais, Pamela Scully
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691147965
Pages: 248
Year: 2010-12-05
"In reconstructing Sara Baartman's life, the book traverses the South African frontier, the Industrial Revolution, London and Parisian high society, and the rise of racial science. The authors also explore Baartman's rich afterlife, including the enduring impact of the Hottentot Venus on ideas about women, race, and sexuality."--BOOK JACKET.
The New World

The New World

Author: Frederick W. Turner
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400854644
Pages: 198
Year: 2014-07-14
Set four hundred years in the future, Frederick Turner's epic poem, The New World, celebrates American culture in A.D. 2376. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
An Apology for Loving the Old Hymns

An Apology for Loving the Old Hymns

Author: Jordan Smith
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400856981
Pages: 106
Year: 2014-07-14
This work concerns questions of loss and restitution, decline and recovery--questions best explored through the shifting revelations of narrative that are possible in a longer poem. Originally published in 1982. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Speaking the unspoken

Speaking the unspoken

Author: Marie Christine Paretti
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Pages: 566
Year: 1997