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Natural Trouble 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0823222858
ISBN-10: 0823222853
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"Elegant and graceful elegies for die beauty of unfamiliar and overlooked landscapes. "Natural Trouble weaves the smallest of strands--including song, light, and color--into a compelling tapestry of history, both personal and communal. He makes gorgeous connections between human grief and the healing word."

"Such is the brillance of Hightower's poetry: simple words and everyday experiences combine with the author's innate ability to choose just the right word and the right experience to document...Natural Trouble offers poetry that is both comforting and transcendent, a rare combination that leaves the reader both brewathless and warmed by the experience. His narrative lyrics set to the page those small but important moments that occur in all our lives, and weave in larger ideas about time, biography, and one's place in the grander scheme of things."

About the Author


Scott Hightower is contributing editor to The Journal and teaches at Fordham University and New York University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (September 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823222853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823222858
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,154,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
With Hightower taking Copper Canyon's Hayden Carruth Prize, I decided to go back to his previous two books and I am glad I did. "Natural Trouble" is a rewarding read. Hightower has an eye for the modesty of the small family farm and can also write insightfully about art history and current events. "Tacking," a love poem toward the back of the book, was as surprising as it was arresting. He is sort of a modern Theocritus. The first three books make a lot of sense together. It will be interesting to see where this author goes next.
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Format: Paperback
Scott Hightower's second collection features poems on Ekphrastic subjects, Biblical and Greek mythology, and the personal - farms in Texas, nights in bed and breakfasts, dinners at home. His work is intelligent and layered, requiring more than one reading - good examples are his poems "Festival" and "Tacking," poems which use mythology as a backdrop for the poet's relationships and observations. I highly recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover
... to be savored. Hightower unveils a thick portal into that irrevocable condition of time, passing and escaping ... with our remnant notions of the things expired - both individual and universal - stitched back up again with the deftest needle and thread ... producing moments tactile, layered, and precise.
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verse by this critic is unpretentious, i.e. without appropriate ambition, teetering on trivial....more dance than song
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By A Customer on October 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Hightower really is one of the finest, most dependable poets around. These poems are clear, ambitious, and original. The first and last poems in this collection deal with Spain. He is a native of Texas. And then there are interesting poems about capital punishment to suicide bombers in between. Forget about the sloppy and trendy attention grabbers, Hightower is the real thing. His poems are classically smart and full of heart.
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