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The Beauty Wars Hardcover – April, 1991

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To her credit, Conroy puts on a bravura performance in this collection of poems, frequently using models from Anglo-Saxon lyrics and Christopher Smart to Plath, Stevens, and H.D. Although these poems glimmer with a richly textured, modulated language, they remain curiously abstract: "passion delights a crystal fork where lightning clarity chuckles like thunder." Conroy unabashedly uses poetry to exorcise the demons of her past, but the extravagantly febrile style distances rather than holds the reader. Her method, as she writes in one poem, is to "bring mythic peacocks with their fine excess/ and let the feathers tell flamboyant stories." For all their verbal brilliance, these poems are unsatisfying. For large collections of contemporary poetry only.
- Christine Sten strom, New York Law Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton; 1st edition (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393029204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393029208
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Miss Grimke on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Conroy's richly textured language crafts jewells out of bare feeling and trauma--from the death of a parent to the facing of the crimes of the grandparents--and out of small moments that gleem with meaning. My favorite is "Lake Lure," the hymn to girlhood. "These were the ankle-deep pastures that rang rolling bluebells; out of small lives came cloudy humming, I moved in gnatsong."

I have a tiny collection of poetry and consider this book one of its gems.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smith#2 on April 24, 2014
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One may find it hard to understand, but Ms Conroy helped me understand The Great Santini - and the Conroy family, thank you and Semper Fi.
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