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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wave Books; Second Edition edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933517565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933517568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This first retrospective collection from Ruefle, which selects from her nine previous books of poetry, the earliest of which first appeared in 1982, shows her to be a poet of visionary imagination, abiding sensitivity, and melancholy humor. This book also reveals Ruefle to be in the habit of writing one kind of poem--first person, usually set in unbroken columns about half a page long; it's a good kind of poem, but can become tiresome in large doses. Most remarkable, especially in the early poems, is the quiet, straightforward clarity of her voice, something deceptively hard to achieve: "One wants simply, said the lady,/ to sit on the bank and throw stones/ while another wishes he were standing/ in the Victoria and Albert Museum," reads "The Intended," which moves along with a characteristic kind of wisdom. More recent poems, such as those from her acclaimed collection Tristimania, turn either toward a kind of surrealism or exaggerated reality for its power: "I failed to put the cap back on the glue./ But it has been a beautiful day." While Ruefle has long been a favorite poet among poets, her books have mostly appeared with small university presses, making them hard to find; this accessible selection should bring them to a wider audience. (Sept.) (c)
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"Her Selected Poems, like the work of William Carlos Williams, is a testimony not only to the power of artfulness, but to human empathy."—Rodney Jones, from his 2011 William Carlos Williams Award citation

"This first retrospective collection from Ruefle, which selects from her nine previous books of poetry... shows her to be a poet of visionary imagination, abiding sensitivity, and melancholy humor."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the enjoyable paradoxes of reading Ruefle’s work is how easy it is to read, but how many possible meanings you can make. Though sometimes described as an experimental or “post-avant” poet, I have always found Ruefle’s work intelligently accessible, charming and reader-friendly."—Jeannine Hall Gailey, The Rumpus

"Ruefle is clearly one of the best American poets writing, and her body of work is remarkable for its spiritual force, intelligence, stylistic virtuosity, and adventurousness."—Tony Hoagland, On the Seawall

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By James E. Mcvoy on October 1, 2014
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This book was my first introduction to Mary Ruefle's poetry. She has an original poetic voice and her imagery is beautiful. I was enchanted!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Raymond on October 14, 2013
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My only experience with Mary Ruefle was her book of critical writing/essays: Madness, Wrack, & Honey. The selected poems are a lovely introduction for me to her poetic work. The ways in which she moves between the "poetic" & mundane is inspiring.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on February 2, 2011
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I've been reading two recent Wave titles concurrently (I belong to their subscription service) and it's an eye-opener. Mary Ruefle is the older of the two. Her early work is a bit effete (japonaiserie; too many birds) but better that than jejune (eg John Bradley's You don't know... see review) but by the last quarter I was really fired up (see poems on p116, 121, 127, 132, 139) - now I shall have to read the whole darn thing again!

The other book, which I finished first, was Michael Earl Craig's Thin Kimono (see review); this is a slimmer affair, though substantial enough as slim volumes go, and I didn't get into it till 2/3 in. Hmm... BUT THEN the last 1/3 totally grabbed me (boom! boom! boom!) and goddammit I DID go back and read it again - and it's ALL GOOD; I give you p43, 69, 93 - but there's not a dud or duff in the pack. Guess you gotta keep plugging away...

So - double whammy. But these poets aren't alike, other than being 'of their age'. I would distinguish them as follows: Ruefle is sad, and lyrical, and serious (cf her echo of Prufrock 'I can hear the ambulance singing' p132); Craig is tender, and whimsical, and serious; they meet in their common seriousness (easy to mistake in Craig's hilarious surface - see p85, 97)

Since I've quoted Ruefle above, I can't resist a sample (not typical!) from Craig, despite the danger that it might put some people off. (Sorry, Mary - but hey, you're stablemates, right?) This is a complete poem from an exquisite sequence of 8-liners

Fat? Maybe.
A grape candy melts on my tongue.
The gangrels samba through the sacristy.
I have this ferocious feeling.
The glacier scoots in an inch.
An ivory beak stabs sharply at my dream.
Varieties of corn rain down,
Violating the autumn.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chandra Vega on June 29, 2013
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It startled me that Ruefle who writes such insightful and luminous short prose pieces wants these to pass as poetry, simply because they are lineated as a poem. Whatever happened to rhythm and euphony? These short whatever-they-are's are often witty and elicited some chuckles from me, but this is not what I call poetry.
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More About the Author

Mary Ruefle is the author of Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007); she is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and published in A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006). Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

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