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Schnackenberg does not write the intimate little odes so dear to the hearts of many of today's current writing instructors. Grand and imposing, her poems storm through civilization, paying homage to art's greatest figures in language that is formal, articulate, and cool and glittering as a knife. Even when she touches on personal issues her neighbors, her father's death she works large. This year, she coupled a fine selected works with a new book-length poem that plunges back into Greek myth, ultimately investigating the tension between art and life. Decidedly different reading.
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“[Schnackenberg] submits the claims of aesthetic form to a searing interrogation . . . a visionary encounter with 'the source of poetry.'” ―Rosanna Warren, The New Republic

“Profound, sweeping, emotional . . . One thinks of Blake's insight, 'Eternity is in love with the productions of time.'” ―Stephen Yenser, The Yale Review

“A dazzler . . . Rich, even ornate at times, [Schnackenberg's] poetry carries its weight as if it were no weight at all, by its thematic intensity and by the sheer beauty of its imagery.” ―Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (October 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374527547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374527549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay, I am saying it now for all the world to read, every little bug and bird that zips into this review. This is the book that should win every award flying around us in the known universe, and maybe the unknown universe, too. I hereby nominate this book for the Pulitzer and if the publisher doesn't do it he/she is missing out on one of the few times in his/her life that the action should be taken for the redemption and the welfare of the art itself. There are lots of ultra-chic poets out there writing some kind of dulled down intellectual psuedo crapola and this poet is not one of them. For capturing the true glittering moment in a psychic dream and letting it grow and develop into an unforgettable poem that changes the way the reader perceives the world and human interaction, this poet does it at least four times in every book she has written. When opening a book written by another poet, I am usually brimming with a little jealousy: here is somebody who has a few books, right? I am usually all set to tear apart whatever verse is there and measure myself, my voice, my vision against it. It takes a pretty original kind of imagination to sweep me away and make me forget my original, super-critical intent. But it happens with this poet, it happened. I am very grateful for the beauty and insight that was seeded and grew into living entities in these poems. In short, I am wowed. So I may well be Nobody, like Emily said everybody should be, but I say this book is transcendental all right; the book transcends the meaning of money and I am happy I had the good sense to buy it and recommend it to my friends who are just as critical as me.
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If you enjoy the poetry of Thomas Hardy, W.B.Yeats, Robert Frost, Tennyson,Longfellow, John Masefield, Wilfred Owen, Phyllis McGinley, C.S.Lewis, Walter de la Mare, W.H.Auden, E.A.Robinson, A.E.Housman, Calvin Miller, Richard Wilbur, A.E.Stallings, you will revel in this collection of a lifetime's oeuvre.
In the words of Auden: In the eyes of every author,/ His past work falls into four classes:/ First, pure rubbish he regrets/ Ever having given bother/ To conceive. Second, mixed masses-/ For him, most painful - mongrel pets/ Of good ideas which impatience,/ Incompetency brought to nil/ (Fair notions fatally injured). Third,/ Lacking importance par creations:/ These three, bulk of the oeuvre which skill/ Plied. Fourth, poems worth the warmest word/ Of honest gratefulness from him,/ In volume depressingly slim.
Gjertrud's collection has few of Auden's first three classes. The best verse is the epitome of organizational skill in bringing together meaningful, moving elements into a whole greater than the sum of its parts that 'arrives', 'fulfills' and reaches the reader in a memorable way. Like all good poets, she attempts to amplify what she sees and experiences by probing for correspondences that relate dissimilarities. Through rhymed communication, she invites inquirers to share her discoveries and reveries. Poetic worth is never dependent on sheer quantity, contrary to what Stalin once said about the quality of his armed forces arrayed against Hitler ('quantity has a quality all its own'); Poetic value depends on importance,interest, stimulability, and depth of exploration. Too much poetry published these days is a pretty pond a mile wide and an inch deep. Gjertrud invites us to probe the depths off shore while heading to the surface for appropriate breathing stops.
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This is a treasure trove. Even those who do not think that they are interested in contemporary poetry, or in poetry at all, will find something to admire in these brilliantly crafted poems, at once cerebral and visceral, beautiful and honest. Brava!
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