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All Aberration (The Contemporary Poetry Series) [Paperback]

Terese Svoboda
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September 1, 2009 082033460X 978-0820334608
These are poems of family, of romantic hope and disappointment, of parenthood, and of grief that move from a childhood in Nebraska in which a father strides into a ripe wheat field; to the parks and parking lots of New York City, the interchangeable landscapes of suburban America, and the more sensual environment of secluded water; to little traveled parts of Africa and the Pacific where our customs and passions are refracted into shapes that are sometimes beautiful, sometimes grotesque.

Terese Svoboda writes of a world in which the reassuring simplicity remembered from childhood is difficult to recover. Outside of this vision of the past, all present life seems an aberration—an existence where violence can supplant love, families break apart, a child dies.

All Aberration received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, a lead in Contemporary Poetry 1986 and a Notable Book nomination by the American Library Association. It was written during stays at Yaddo, MacDowell and Ossabaw, and received the benefit of a Creative Artists Public Service grant in 1982. Its poems first appeared in such magazines as Harper’s, The Nation, Paris Review, and Ploughshares.

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From Publishers Weekly

In her first book, Svoboda exhibits a remarkable range and command of her subject matter. Starting out with poems about the prairie landscapes of her childhood, she ventures into explorations of love, friendship and motherhood in new and less idyllic and less pastoral places, then breaks to exotic cultures in New Zealand, the Pacific islands and Africa. If the most touching of her verses are those dedicated to a son who died in early childhood, the most appealing and original in imagery are Svoboda's erotic poems. At the center of her work is a desire not just to write about love, but to redefine it and expand its possibilities. This poet creates moments that are stronger than everyday experience, moments that are, as she suggests, all aberration, and all the more true and real for being so. December
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From Library Journal

Under the Blue Moon is an impressionistic volume, at times cryptic or vague, but always vigorous and intense. Barbarese's poems are interesting for the way images circle and grow out of each other``Now/ I'm repeating the thing/ just as I see it/ and each time I do/ changing the ending.'' This reliance on perception, on repetition (as in a sestina), characterizes his method of getting a thing down in order to give it meaning: ``the past is mine first,/ then the past is past.'' Svoboda, a more traditional and direct poet, seems obsessed with the violent present or ``this violence/ that is always inside your head,'' juxtaposing it against an idealized past or an imagined future as a means of healing. Grief, loss, and desire are Svoboda's chief themes. Her steady irony and ability to create rich suggestive imagery (``those passing in cars/ making the pavement sing over and over/ like wind through waving grain'') often save poems on the brink of sentimentality. She is willing to take that risk and when successful, her poems are particulary satisfying. Both of these volumes are engaging and wholly each poet's own. Recommended. Robert Hudzik, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: The Contemporary Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082033460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820334608
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,440,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Writing in the voice of God as I did in Tin God didn't seem like much of a stretch after being the eldest of nine children. We lived in a small town in southwest Nebraska with the smell of sage tumbleweeds and cattle feedlots. Although I've lived most of my adult life in NYC, I'm still haunted by home, a place that's now mostly in my head. But in NYC, I can travel without going anywhere. Eight languages are spoken on my block, including Chinese. For me, that's perfect--I can be surrounded by people I know but I can't understand a word they're saying. Although I've never been a pirate in 18th America, this year's Pirate Talk or Mermalade should reveal my interest in research. Even Henry Hudson believed in mermaids! Bohemian Girl returns to Nebraska, albeit 19th century Nebraska, with a spunky girl who escapes from the Indians. Stayed tuned for Scylla and Charybdis.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection July 27, 2013
By Chelsea
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I'm so glad I bought this book for a college class. The poetry inside it is thought provoking and wonderfully written, and I love the autobiographical nature to it. I got the chance to meet the author, Terese Svoboda, and she was awesome. I also got the book signed by her! I would recommend this to any poetry fan!
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