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Interglacial: New and Selected Poems & Aphorisms Paperback – November 15, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Ausable Press (November 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931337217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931337212
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scientific as Marianne Moore, philosophical as Wallace Stevens, and mysterious as a Zen master. . ." -- Poetry International

About the Author

James Richardson was born in 1950, and was educated at Princeton. He is the author of six books of poetry and two critical studies. He is a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and winner of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at Princeton University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Markovs on August 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
The cover containing Paul Klee's painting is a give-away to some of the excellent work contained in this book. As the painting attempts to define the relationship between the basics of color and shape, James Richardson's Interglacial makes attempts at defining essence poetically, in particular the aphorisms in 'Encyclopedia of the Stones' are a wonderful attempt at providing insight into the essence of stones. Fans of Philip Larkin will particularly enjoy this work, as it is similar in its minimalistic, stark nature, exploring many classic metaphysical issues through use of beautiful, impacting imagery. In particular, the gentle frailty in nature is explored with stunning poems such as 'Anyway' and 'Doppler Effects'. This book is a bargain for its price, I have owned it less than a month and the wear and tear is already significant, always sitting within easy reach next to Larkin and Brodsky.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terri on January 30, 2010
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The poetry, as all poetry, is best read aloud. The aphorisms, one at a time and savored. There is much wisdom...
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 4, 2005
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Interglacial: New And Selected Poems & Aphorisms is a 253-page compendium of writings by prize winning poet James Richardson. Spellbound: And what of the child Bad Magic/clanged shut in a bluebird,/who sat half-lit in the re-leafing arbor,/listening for his old name in the family hubbub,/who meant to cry out...but seedflash, a hummer of wings.../couldn't hold to his dream,/small and quick as a spark, of having been/a child once? Who couldn't see into those windows,/quick as sparks, where slowly they still played,/who meant...but shrill, but two flights twined/outflinging...And sometimes in the clatter/of coffee on the lawn, their voices lowering/and slowed (that he could not tell/from landslide, from preliminary thunder),/they would seem to speak of him/something...but it was years/and he meant...but too-swift heart,/flit like forget and South like a soft downstairs,/and something sang him something flew him away...
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