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Crocus (Poets Out Loud) [Paperback]

Karin Gottshall
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April 15, 2007 0823227316 978-0823227310 2
WhetherAligned with the mechanismwhereby the spirit is borne aloftthrough song comes againthe question: whether. And not soothedso much as opened by the boysoprano's Sanctus, what movesin the mind as the throat constrictsin sympathy, one note peeledfrom the last, fine as paper slippedfrom a garlic bulb, veined,translucent, is whether-as ifwound through the spiralingamplitude, purpled, fretted,one voice suspendedin concentration of prayer or terrorwills itself above faltering,more perfect since time mustsoon break it. And made it.Whether and by whatever impossiblearrangement of stars, harmonies,correspondences through whichthe music finds the spirit and likea blade slits and releases,circulates the questionthrough the phrase, the delicateengine-as if it matters: the songrises, everything goes with it.The poems in Crocus take as their starting points the interior universes created by myth, art, andmemory, and through the exploration of these terrains create new ways of understanding the ordinary.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"These are lyrics that briefly and beautifully change our view of the world. In this effort, they do a quietly wild, beguilingly sudden work of making us rethink the ordinary before we can help ourselves, followed by the unnerving next part that hits us consequentially - we live in this world they are describing, though we had thought that we understood it perfectly well already. The best in these poems are their smallest moments, but once encountered, smallness means nothing but inspired surprise, as they have the power to alter us with unexpected ease.... The poems here, in sum, offer crisp language, language that speaks to new views, felt and therefore inherently worthy ways of reporting, all made forceful by strong and easy narrative guidance. The speaking of these poems throughout, even in their drama, is quiet, making everything that happens all the more unsettling as these ideas reach into us." - Alberto Rios"

About the Author

KARIN GOTTSHALL was recently writer-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and in many other publications. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

Product Details

  • Series: Poets Out Loud
  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 2 edition (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823227316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823227310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 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: #850,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully measured, beautifully voiced April 26, 2007
I had the good fortune to hear Karin read from this excellent debut collection of her poems. I spent the rest of the evening reading both those poems that she read and the many that she didn't. Her imagery and form is very focused, her timing measured and her subjects thoroughly realized. This is a very well wrought work and I found that with each rereading there was more to discover. "The Ashes", "The Raspberry Room",

"Roanoke" and especially "Inheritance" have already left an indelible impression on me. Highly recommended.
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