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Thaw (Poets Out Loud) Hardcover – December 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0823221684 ISBN-10: 0823221687 Edition: 1st
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aThe book cover of aThawa entices with what looks like the ice-encrusted coil if an old refridgerator touched with water droplets, and the poetry inside, with its eclectic mix of language and style, is just as enticing.a

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Julie Sheehan’s Thaw is the second winner of the annual Poets Out Loud Prize for a book of poetry published each year by Fordham University Press in coordination with Fordham's Poets Out Loud program. Marie Ponsot, the judge for the 2000 Prize, chose Thaw from among nearly 500 manuscripts entered by poets from around the world. Her introduction is included in the volume. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Poets Out Loud
  • Hardcover: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823221687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823221684
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,997,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JULIE SHEEHAN is a 2008 recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and author of three poetry collections: Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise, out from W.W. Norton in 2010, Orient Point, which won the 2005 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Thaw, winner of the Poets Out Loud prize from Fordham University. Other honors include a 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry, the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review, the Robert H. Winner prize from Poetry Society of America, and, from Paris Review, the Bernard F. Conners prize. Her poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Parnassus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Yale Review, Poem in Your Pocket, The Best American Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, Seriously Funny: Poems About Love, God, War, Art, Sex, Madness, and Everything Else, and the just-released anthology Good Poems: American Places, selected and edited by Garrison Keillor. She no longer tends bar, though she did for many years, but rather teaches in and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Stony Brook Southampton.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is stunning: ecstatic, funky, visionary, acid. Looking at the modern urban landscape with the feverish intensity of a contemporary Joan of Arc, it sees "aurora borealis on the highway's yellow stripe." It sees "the city-makers, the furnace-stokers ... puncturing the planet's blue haze." It sees "the dragonflies, gold heralds of our oppression" and asks, "Does not this heat whelp gold husks like lions?" That's all from "104 Degrees" (to take just one poem from this remarkable collection), in which a hot July day "maddens us to stillness." This book is unlike any poetry I've ever read (and I've read a lot), but you could say it's somewhere between the feverish music of Sylvia Plath and the warped mystical vision St. John of the Cross might have experienced on the subways of New York.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Hightower on July 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The landscape of "Thaw" is America but the vasty field of language is bravely Shakespearian. Sheehan's poems roil through catalpa, maurade through familial and domestic brakes, and, ultimately, brim to the top of the old earthen pot. Everywhere the poems remind that the endless--were we truly able to grasp it--would astonish. Each poem celebrates the ingredients, practice, and serving up of the fugitive mortal banquet, from pudding to bone.
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Format: Paperback
Sheehan spent considerable time writing for and performing in the theater. When read as monologues or dialogues, these poems spring to life with humor, subtle wit and a really unique voice. They are wonderfully theatrical and entertaining, like Chekhov writing in verse.
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In this elegant, wise, perfectly crafted book, Sheehan takes us through a broad range of landscape and experience. Each of these poems is astonishing, and Sheehan's brave, elegaic voice is intensely pleasurable to read and encounter.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Julie Sheehan is an intelligent poet with a fine ear and an ability to craft a finely wrought line. And while I have no problem with formal poems, or even with Sheehan's ironic archaic voice, the content of the poems is not terribly interesting, and not at all moving. I admire her craft and I see her humor, however, most poems sound like a very clever, and very bored, English major looking for an assignment. I wish more poets of this generation had Julie Sheehan's linguistic ability and I especially wish that this poet had something to say.
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