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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Wave Books (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933517085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933517087
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With bemusement and surrealist flair, Wier's 10th collection tackles familiar poetic themes: the search for meaning in everyday life, estrangement from the self and issues of identity and happiness. Wier's prose-like sentences spiral and loop back on themselves down her free verse columns, undercutting their own logic: "if it were up/ to me I'd kill us all to spare the pain." Caught in a Borgesian universe of shifting facts and variable rules, even reading becomes an unpredictable act: "Near the top of each page a new story would begin, go on/ for a while, reach the end of the page, and never end." Elsewhere, a house becomes a metaphor for the uncharted places of the mind, where there are "[w]alls with secret panels hiding vast empty realms." Wier (Reverse Rapture, 2005) proposes an array of other seemingly illogical formal and intellectual solutions to existential problems, including a poem composed of exactly 1,000 words, a poem with line breaks titled "Prose Poem" and a "Pseudo-analysis" when "A true analysis of your character is not possible." While readers familiar with Wier's work are unlikely to find many surprises here, this collection maintains her status in the poetic universe. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Dara Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Remnants of Hannah (Wave Books, 2006) and Reverse Rapture (Verse Press, 2005). She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. She lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches and directs the MFA writing program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on July 26, 2011
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Wier's Selected only got a *** from me, but I can see I shall have to go back to it, having read this winning little volume - for it IS little, but the Selected's only three times as large. Apart from their sometimes silly, pointless titles (indeed, the title of the volume itself) the poems display lyricism spliced with touching uncertainty and of course a light dusting of good ol' New York School-style surrealism. Sometimes the lyric thrust is aided by a quite conventional recourse to repetition, as in the ayes of Last Words (which irresistably summon up that hackneyed anthology piece, unknown in Britain, Stephen Crane's A Man Saw a Ball of Gold*) and the ahs and to be sures of The You Patrol, very effective and affecting in both cases. Most lyrical poem p55 ('If you asked me to I'd look up *dictionary* for you'), best title p54, the only flop p60 (far the longest poem in the book - all of 5 1/2 pages!) I'll now have to pore through the Selected to see what made the cut..

*Hackneyed, or forgotten? It actually only uses aye once, I note, but employs repetition in other ways. Granted a kind of afterlife by Ron Padgett in Great Balls of Fire('69 ed) p34
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