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At the Site of Inside Out (Juniper Prize for Poetry) Paperback – May 20, 1997

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Product Details

  • Series: Juniper Prize for Poetry
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; First Edition edition (May 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558490930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558490932
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,473,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is what every writer longs for: a debut of intense invention, with language at a height and experience at a depth that the whole art suddenly appears as a plinth on the plain of American letters. Anna Rabinowitz brings us to the fulcrum of human change: memory as it is born, the body as it ages, vision as it limits time. Her voice is so bright that it explodes traditional ways of understanding, making us wiser and more playful, and as full of discovery as she is.

(Molly Peacock)

Anna Rabinowitz brings to bear an astonishing display of formal resources, both traditional and invented, through which she explores boundaries of the human spirit. Attuned to the graphic particularities of individual and historic survival, at the heart of these poems is a deep regard for the mundane veracity and ferocity of life, which includes, at every turn, the life of language. 'Buyer of remnants, raveler of fact,' At the Site of Inside Out splendidly enriches the site of American poetry.

(Ann Lauterbach)

Anna Rabinowitz has been biding her time, insinuating her intelligence into the interstices of this culture we are still inheriting from an unfolding (enfolding) century. The multiple techniques which surface throughout At the Site of Inside Out have this in common -- they refit the shards of a culture not only into a kind of jigsaw puzzle, but beyond that into a meta-puzzle, ultimately convincing us of the beauty of this book's steady urgency, of this voice's 'calm in the unruly silence.

(Bin Ramke)

About the Author

Anna Rabinowitz teaches writing at The New School. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 1989, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Sulfur,Southwest Review, and the Paris Review. She is editor of American Letters & Commentary.

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By A Customer on January 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
From the moment you see the acknowledgements of this book citing previous publication in The Paris Review, Best American Poetry , The Denver Quarterly, Sulfur, and more, you have a clear indication that Anna Rabinowitz is a serious, high caliber poet worth reading. Her poems don't disappoint. Her opening poem, "Blow the Dome," is an ABC-darium that foretells the vibrant, unexpected and effective language and images of the poems in the rest of the book: "Language in the language of the language, movement as the speech that does not lie."
From the start, we see that unlike so many contemporary poets who spend pages and pages contemplating their navels (and who knows what other private parts) Rabinowitz is clearly interested in language, thought, and intellect, rather than in simply re-hashing her own emotional baggage.
Not that her work doesn't have emotional impact. "Fragile Dialectics" is an almost frighteningly chilling view of aging. "Two women finger the fans of their cards. The blonde's bones soften at the bast of her spine...the redheads skull is inlaid with a metal plate the size of a three-by-five index card." Her "Confession" is clean and startling. "Anatomy Lab" is clinical, yet somehow moving. And her poems about art, artists, and creating show that she is an artist herself, fully capable of not only understanding, but conveying the artistic process.
The centerpiece of the book, a long piece called "Dislocations" is an at times emotionally harrowing, at times journalistically removed, and consistently insightful chronicle of the author's visit to post WWII eastern Europe, including family remembrances, and visits to concentration camps. "Crawl into our eyes. They hoard what we remember," intones her Greek (Jewish?
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By A Customer on November 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
So many beauties in this ambitious, accomplished, lyrical collection. The mind is limber and so are the lines: "...ships in a black storm, / vocabularies churning at sea..." There's wit galore, as in "Golem Recipe ... Yields one servant YHWH" and a mordant survey of past and present "time when history ferments in bruised casks..." Not a painter of small canvases, Rabinowitz takes an unsparing look at the way we (too often) live now, "...slave to the common habit / humans have, though companionable, of living out only the personal story." But her own concerns are large and her gifts glorious, delivering us back into a world in which "Against all odds, and past their prime, lychnis, astilbe, lythrum pitch fresh bloom headlong into pale gardens..." Highly recommended!
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