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Product Details

  • Series: Barnard New Women Poets Series
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (April 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807068454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807068458
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

It is through language more than any clear narrative structure that the poems in this first collection, winner of the 1997 Barnard New Women Poets Prize, evoke an eerie feeling of something gone awry: "A person can die of balance,/ just gleam like a squid/ and disappear." Elsewhere Szporluk speaks more clearly of violence: "And because of the cut, the distance of your life pours out,/ and because of the clouds/ like fat that surrounds you,/ you don't hear for a long time." Images of desolation create a tight weave, as a soft, persistent tone compels the reader to delve more deeply into their meaning. Even as we are warned that "in your rush to get in,/ you bruise the shape/of your body," we will be tempted to enter and reenter these poems. An excellent first collection.?Ann K. van Buren, New York Univ. Sch. of Continuing Education
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"How different this work is from the generic poetry of the day! Larissa Szporluk has created a new world of syntax and tone. Her poetry, free of narcissism and autobiography, indentured to the irrational and oblique, is made from a displaced language 'shaking to remember where it had owned.' I've missed this feral fineness in poetry—a clarity that is not watered-down slice of life but l'eau of stain and midnight: good strange. God Strange, too, for Szporluk is a religious poet, with her own indelible realm of awakening. Dark Sky Question arises from and speaks to the limbic portion of mind, that understory concerned with emotion and motivation, a heady linguistic space that remembers when the poem was 'a cage whose interior flew.'"—Alice Fulton, author of Dance Script with Electric Ballerina and Sensual Math

Praise for Larissa Szporluk
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"Her effects are breathtaking."—Daniel L. Guillory, Library Journal

"Szporluk . . . weaves magic out of indeterminacy."—Samuel Jay Keyser, Harvard Review

"If those two strange, haunted beings, Emily Dickinson and Georg Trakl, wedded, [Szporluk's] poems might well be the offspring."—Gregory Orr

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Myrtle Poplar on November 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Where he is, the jungle is still large. The things that sing, sing flight into his heart, and sky, and sun, and sounds so glad he thinks his mother was a bird..." ~ These are my favorite lines from Dark Sky Question. I love Larissa Szporluk's poetry so much. I keep the book by my bedside so I can read and reread her work. I hardly know how to express how her words have affected me. Such beauty. This is definitely one of my favorite poetry books ever.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tocco on November 28, 1999
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Some advice before you begin reading this book: quiet the mind. Use meditation, herbal tea, Gregorian chant, incense, a gentle rainstorm, or whatever else might help you move from the analytic rationality required by everyday life to a place of gentle suggestability. If you promise to subdue your need for intellectual understanding for just a little while and allow these intriguing poems to wash over you, the reward will be great. To call this "religious" poetry would prehaps be misleading. To be sure, the divine, mysterious connection between the human world and the spiritual world are at the root of Szporkuk's work (if anything so tangible as a root can be found), but this is not the poetry of a dogmatic zealot. Even the most devout atheist will be drawn into Szporluk's realm of metaphysical abstraction. Do not try (too much!) to identify the personal pronouns. Do not go searching for antecedents to each metaphor. Part of the brilliance here is the finesse with which the unknown is handled. Let yourself not know. Allow these odd, exciting new poems take you on an unchartered journey into the dark sky question. By all means, read this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Nicholls on December 7, 1999
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To say Larissa Szporluk's poems are difficult to enter is wrong. I think I find them hard to exit; it is the return to the "real" world that is harrowing. One can connect to her poetry within its jurisdiction, its beauty often inclusive. Rapid-fire images rake the conscious mind, and leave deep sinuous cuts in the imagination that bleed into one another. Bats, cobras, mangoes shift around each other and we are guided, we the second person for the moment. "You should have gone further," she urges. But if we go so far as to leave, the blood coagulates and the holes try to patch themselves up. We reel in our attempt to understand what, while we were inside, made sense. The spinning ceases, as we know it must in her poem "Deliverer": "No one can spin forever. / It will all slow down." A kind of death sets in as we "can't see, can't feel." And maybe this is part of the point -- that we will only experience our life from within. To leave this viewpoint is to enter an unknown world (the world of Szporluk's wonderful poetry) where we do not know what to expect: "They say you hurried for the end. / A sudden recollection lights the wind."
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
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There is more room than you ever thought and Szporluk's book ensures that you'll see it, by using words like crow bars through sheet rock, with plenty of time and space to sit and stare at the new stars and weeds.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Spodarek on December 9, 1999
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Reading the poetry of Larissa Szporluk can accurately be likened to wandering through the dreams of a stranger. Szporluk's laster collection Dark Sky Question is filled with mind boggling images, creating bizarre pictures of sweating monks, desperate woman and an earth that lives out a human-like exsistance, within the readers mind. The idea of a dream-like state of consciousness peppers the work, and although the actual purpose of the poems is sometimes lost to the reader, one cannot help but be struck by the awesome quality of Szporluk's prose. To read Dark Sky Question is almost like seeing a theatrical production; the viewer must drop their limiting cloak of reality and accept the given circumstances. Once they do, exploring the fantastical world of Szporluk's electrifying poetry can effect imagination and go beyond expectation.
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