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Flamingo Watching Paperback – January 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0914278641 ISBN-10: 0914278649 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Beech Press; 2nd edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914278649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914278641
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These poems are marked with the powerful but idiosyncratic influence of Marianne Moore, whose unique style is echoed in Ryan's elliptically compressed syntax and high-toned ironic stance ("There is such a thing as/too much tolerance/for unpleasant situations,/a time when the gentle/teasing out of threads/ceases to be pleasing/to a woman born for conquest." But unlike Moore, who knew how to modulate her astringency, Ryan's cramped syllabics have a monotonous density that too often mistakes sound for sense: "Green was the first color/to get out of the water,/leaving the later blue/and preceding yellow/which had to follow/because of fall." Occasionally, there is a clever charm in her descriptions. A garden snake is "born sans puff or rattle/he counts on persiflage/in battle"). Overall, however, these poems are derivative and lacking in substance. Not recommended.
Christine Stenstrom, Shea & Gould Law Lib., New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An American original. --The Yale Review<br /><br />Fine poems that inspire us with poetry's greatest gifts: the music of language and the force of wisdom. --Annie Dillard<br /><br />I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield

I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield

An American original. --The Yale Review

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Boese on July 17, 2008
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Perhaps that Library Journal review should be reconsidered... Kay Ryan has just been named Poet Laureate for the US, and is perhaps most highly praised on the strength of this book.
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