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Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards, and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities Hardcover – September 10, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (September 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582343527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582343525
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"And Her Soul Out of Nothing is unlike any other collection I can remember reading in recent literature. There is an eerie precision to Davis's work that renders each moment in both its absolute clarity and ultimate fragility." --Rita Dove


"And Her Soul Out of Nothing is unlike any other collection I can remember reading in recent literature. There is an eerie precision to Davis's work that renders each moment in both its absolute clarity and ultimate fragility." (Rita Dove)

About the Author

Olena Kalytiak Davis's first collection, And Her Soul Out of Nothing, was selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize for poetry in 1997. She has been included in three Best American Poetry anthologies and has received a Rona Jaffee Foundation writers award and a Pushcart Prize. She lives and writes in Anchorage, Alaska.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Fish on February 17, 2008
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
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Davis' first book is arguably one of the best first books of poetry published in the last decade. Unfortunately, Davis' new collection is a let down. The keen sense of conveying emotional resonance is still here, but the work has become sloppier in the name of becoming more experimental. Many of these poems are downright trite. I will keep reading Davis' poems. And I hope the next book is as stunning as her first.
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2004
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Somewhere between a teen girl's love diary and a madwoman-in-the-attic's antics and a transcript of an autistic's mental music, there is this book: a decadent sublime that's about as gorgeous and bankrupt as Marie Antoinette's soon-to-be-guillotined head. One thing about the book is clear enough: there is an authentic and maudlin core of emotion that's invested in love, its betrayals, its derangements, its tender vulnerabilities. But this sincere center is so overlaid with ironies and mockeries and allusions and cageyness that the book becomes an exercise in solipsistic postures, narcissistic cake-eating. Now Plath, now Berryman, now Dickinson, now Shakespeare, now Williams--the poems sample these poets and more, as though to suggest that the tomfooleries of the project at hand were somehow aligned with the graver dangers these poets' poems faced and sang from. But the samplings are just that: samplings, embedded into poems so coy and hip they make you feel like a schmuck for not having more greasy-haired pinings for some vague love and a confident command of how to allude to the poems in the Norton Anthology. If you want the real thing, go back to Plath, to Berryman, to Dickinson, to Hopkins, etc. This book may use the f-word a couple dozen times, but in the end it's still just cake.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2004
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If, as the reviewer from Asheville, NC contends, Ms. Kalytiak-Davis's latest book is "cake", then let us eat cake, and let it be our new daily bread. This "cake" combines the recipes of old (Dickinson, Yeats, Plath, etc.)with something altogether new (and secret) to create an intoxicating concoction that is both rich and dense--allowing us to become satiated and yet still pine for the crumbs... To be fair, one should go back and read Dickinson, Yeats, Plath, Hopkins, etc., then re-read Kalytiak-Davis. One will then find that hope is not the thing with feathers that perches in your soul, it is the enigmatic, unimpressionable, insensible thing that hides like a prize in the center of the cake, providing the perfect tether between ego and reason, illusion and truth, and wrack and redemption.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2003
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If you're looking for a repeat of Olena's first book, keep looking. Just opening Shattered Sonnets, one can sense a different kind of energy than from Her Soul. These poems move fast, hit hard, and then beg the reader to come back and take the ride again. It is the best roller-coaster I've ever been on. These poems are about the most musical I've ever heard, and the images come as surprises, even upon multiple readings. I found my pulse quickening, quite literally, as I read and continued to read and found myself breathless at the end of this book. Three cheers for Olena and may her next book come to us soon.
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