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Preoccupied by questions of textual transmission and corruption, the poems in this confident first collection grasp at evasive fragments of larger cultural myths, and those myths we make for ourselves. Would-be refrains break off, partial, as in the tripartite "Branch Between the Bones," where the line "Happens because he wanted to move forward," erodes to "Happened because he wanted to move," becomes, "Happened because he wanted to," and, finally, "Happened because he wanted." A strong interest in the personal narrative?located, for Triplett, in her grandfather's Bangkok?runs through several poems, adding an element of exoticism (in form as well as diction) that most often leads to the inevitable lizards and teak. More central is Triplett's strength as a crafter of dramatic monologues, akin to the brilliant classical channelings of H.D. and Louise Gluck, which comes through in mythic mainstays like "Dido to Aeneas from Below," "The Siren," "Tiresias to Penelope" and Eve's retort to the archangel in "Fractal Audition." There, the well-tread subject matter throws the boldness of these voices into bas-relief. Though the poet's Romantic wistfullness for the unrecoverable sometimes verges on sentimentality, the poems of this adroit debut restore even as they ruin, recast as they recall.
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Triplett's first collection shows her to be as careful and respectful a reader of poetry, myth, and literature as one could hope for. For the most part, her influences are so openly evinced that her poems become more like homages: any writer who titles one poem "Self-Portrait as a Dream of Giving Up the Child" cannot be unconscious of Jorie Graham's many poem titles beginning "Self-Portrait as...." There is something of the dense intellection of James Merrill and Eleanor Wilner in her attention to mythological creatures, and the strong influence of Richard Howard is clear in her poems on the composer Berlioz's wife and the biologist Linnaeus. Though she seems not yet to have found her own subject and stance, Triplett is a poet of subtle elegance?her Mary calls the angel of the Annunciation "a blade's grate, a treble bristling in `subito,'/ an arch, an angel, an echo ordering my life"?who is well worth watching. For most collections strong in contemporary literature.?Graham Christian, Andover-Harvard Theological Lib., Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Triquarterly; 1 edition (November 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810150875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810150874
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 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: #5,550,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pimone Triplett is an associate professor in the creative writing program at the University of Washington. The author of three books of poems, Rumor (2009), The Price of Light (2005) and Ruining the Picture (1998), Pimone Triplett is also coeditor of the essay anthology, Poet's Work, Poet's Play (2008). Her poems have appeared many literary journals, including Poetry, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Agni, Yale Review, Triquarterly and New England Review. Frequently appearing in anthologies, her work has been featured in Legitimate Dangers, Contemporary Voices from the East, and New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology. Periodically, she teaches in the low-residency Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her home is in Seattle.

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A World of Form "and " Feeling: A Eugene Poet's Debut Collection Delivers
Ruining the Picture by Pimone Triplett, TriQuarterly Books, 1998, 81 pages, $14.95, soft cover
The poems in Pimone Triplett's Ruining the Picture with their images of calculated light, their careful studies of absence and desire will haunt you. Guaranteed. Triplett's first collection demands her readers full attention and then delivers with finely accomplished and fiercely intelligent work.
There are no delineated sections or subject headings in Triplett's book to separate autobiography from mythology, or divide religious questions from those relating more explicitly to carnal desires. For the reader, the result of this borderless poemscape is that the voice of the prophetic eventually becomes one with the voice of the everyday. In this way, Triplett echoes the accomplishments of the renowned Irish poet, Eavan Boland. Both women seem to insist on the intermingling of myth and memoir, of the ordinary with the ordained. Both women take on the blockbusters of literary tradition - - The Bible, The Iliad and The Odyssey in order to infuse the female characters - Eve, Queen Dido, and Persephone with seemingly more complex roles than they enjoyed in the original telling.
However it is in the smaller, more personal poems: a young woman mourning her grandfather, a daughter imagining her mother's miscarriage, a lover caught in the too bright light of morning, that a more interesting voice appears on the page. In these poems, "On Pattern," "Stillborn," "Spectral Dues," and "Portraits at the Epicenter" Triplett is at her best giving us a world of form "and " feeling.
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Pimone Triplett's work is well-crafted and crafty, graceful in its execution and stunning in its display of an imagination that is large and powerful. The language in these poems is beautiful, and there are poems here that make one swoon. This collection reads more like a third or fourth book; it is difficult to believe it is her first. It isn't often such a poet arrives. I suspect we will continue to see such striking work from Ms. Triplett in the future. One can only hope for such riches. // C. Dale Young, Poetry Editor, NEW ENGLAND REVIEW
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I am glad that I purchased and read this book of poems. I had no "ah ha" or "wow" moments reading it, but I did like the author's writing style and word selections. The book broadened my poetry horizon, but I will pass it on to someone who might connect with it more deeply thus keep it upon a shelf.
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Pimone Triplett's poems defy easy categorization. Perhaps this is because she allows her poetic subjects to evoke different aspects of herself. Her identity shifts as it is wed to each poem's subject through a highly idiosyncratic relationship that is, in the end, about language. If you are tired of poems that scream for attention like spoiled children, or ingratiate themselves to you like abused dogs, then here are poems whose language and musicality invite you in as an equal welcome guest and tend to your mind and heart.
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Pimone Triplett's poetry is like a really beautiful, really smart girl you fall for...at first you are so in awe of her beauty and the wonderful things she says and does that nothing else matters. Then you realize that you don't understand most of the things she says, but she's still so beautiful and they are wonderful things she's saying. Then you realize you're not really connecting with her well, though maybe you're learning something by being around her.
You know how it goes. Eventually, you have to break it off, because you're just not right for each other. You're not really relating, you're just pretending for the sake of beauty and profundity. It might work for someone more beautiful and smarter than you are, but you need someone more on your level.
It was fun while it lasted, you learned some stuff, but definitely not your best love.
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