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"Of Lamb is a work of such subtle, haunting, spellbinding beauty it is virtually impossible to describe it. Fantastical and yet, so strangely, achingly 'real' in its tracking of love, loss, grief, and again love—an astonishing collaboration between a poet (Matthea Harvey) and an artist (Amy Jean Porter) that defies all categories except Unique."
—Joyce Carol Oates

"What a gentle, perverse, sad, adult-children's book this is! Each page features a lovely (too lovely?), often floral design by Amy Jean Porter and an accompanying minimalist poem by Matthea Harvey; each page is like a Valentine's Day chocolate with one drop of arsenic. Of Lamb makes the perfect gift."
—Rae Armantrout

"What a beautiful book! Matthea Harvey's keen and subtle redaction of a tragic tale that finds within itself traces of the comforting levity of nursery rhyme is perfectly complimented by Amy Jean's exquisite paintings that surprise with sudden counter-currents of tone and delight with surreal invention. You'll want to frame every page."
—Dean Young

"Turning the pages of this book is like turning a kaleidoscope—endless delight and surprise out of a few loose elements endlessly recombined. Part nursery school, part nursing home, a copy of this book belongs in both, and in every home where odd and tender treasures reside."
—Mary Ruefle

"The gorgeous gouache illustrations by Porter bring Harvey's epiphanies, non sequiturs and startling images to life, resulting in a book with surprises and delights at every turn. It's equal parts bewildering and eye-opening, and certainly unlike any other graphic novel published this year."
—Dan Kois, NPR Books
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934781819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934781814
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Matthea Harvey's most recent book of poetry, Modern Life, won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2008 as well as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of two previous books of poetry, Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form, as well as a forthcoming children's book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. A contributing editor to jubilat, BOMB and Meatpaper, she teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ira E. Stoll VINE VOICE on December 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book about the relationship between a girl named Mary and a lamb. The story gets a bit dark at times but is ultimately pretty sweet. The story was made through the technique of "erasures," that is, deleting a lot of words from another book to make a totally new book. The pictures (by an illustrator who is a friend of mine) are really delightfully gorgeous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizz on October 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
So strange and beautiful. I picked it up in a bookstore in Amherst and had to sit down and read the whole thing. The flat tone of the text, all of which Harvey lifted from a biography of Charles Lamb, is rendered strange and surreal by her apt selections and the vivid, intensely colorful illustrations that go along with it. Well worth the read, and something I find myself picking up again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
Disturbing, haunting, twisted. Beautifully heart-breaking. A creative and gorgeous collaboration between poet and artist. Great picture book and bedtime story for adults! :]
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By üüü on June 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Haunting, certainly off-beat. Saw the author at a book reading and bought the book immediately after. That was two years ago and I still pull it off the shelf to read it.
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