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Lip [Paperback]

by Kathy Fagan

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Book Description

2009 1597660493 978-1597660495
In this stunning fourth collection, Kathy Fagan expands her ongoing engagement of voice and persona across the borders of both traditional and experimental poetic lines. A book of monologues, portraits, and arias, Lip directs our attention to the sometimes literal ropes and pulleys of the human stage, those operating just out of sight and earshot: the understructure and the undervoice. Fagan's speakers—historical, anonymous, and often subversively female—hold forth, hold back, enfold and unleash in forms as multiply textured as their experience. Always, hovering at the mouth of the vessel, in the margin of speech, is lip: anatomical and botanical, sexual and slang, servile and insolent.

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"In addition to being dazzling examples of one woman's art the poems in Lip, by moving from mythology to hagiology to evolution (and sometimes back), trace the human mind in its efforts to make sense out of the world and to find a place in it; they bring us up to date, so to speak, and if they have lost the courage to speak. They will not back down, they hold to that essential thing, and the voice within them becomes a beloved instrument of breath among the shrieks." (Mary Ruefle)

About the Author

KATHY FAGAN is the author of three previous collections of poetry: The Raft, winner of the National Poetry Series; MOVING & ST RAGE, winner of the 1998 Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry; and The Charm (2002). Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, FIELD, Ploughshares, The Colorado Review, The Laurel Review, and The New Republic, among many other publications, and has been anthologized in collections such as Poet's Choice, The Extraordinary Tide, and Writing Poems. The recipient of fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council, Fagan teaches in the MFA program at The Ohio State University, where she also serves as poetry editor for The Journal.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Eastern Washington University Press (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597660493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597660495
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathy Fagan is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Lip (2009), available on amazon and from Eastern Washington University Press. The Charm (Zoo, 2002) and the Vassar Miller Prize winner MOVING & ST RAGE (University of North Texas, 1999) are also available on amazon. Her first book, National Poetry Series selection, The Raft (Dutton, 1985), is hard to find. Fagan is the recipient of grants, awards, and fellowships from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Frost Place, the Ohio Arts Council, and Ohioana Library. She teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where she also edits The Journal.

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