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The Calligraphy Shop Paperback – November 1, 2003


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New Adult Fiction by Rainbow Rowell
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Zoo Press; 1 edition (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932023097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932023091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His language, in all its dexterity and brilliance, winks at us even as it dazzles. " -- Eric Ormsby

"The Calligraphy Shop is an emporium of artfully eclectic wares and a treasury of reckonings." -- David Barber

"Unfashionable and lovely, these poems will be read when the fetid swamps of much contemporary verse have been drained away." -- David Yezzi

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Erudite but never obscure, technically virtuosic yet playful and relaxed, Ben Downing reminds us that, pace T.S. Eliot, poets in our time need not be difficult to be good. The Calligraphy Shop is a sophisticated and superbly engaging first collection by a brilliant young poet.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Blouin on January 24, 2004
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What I most loved about this book is the mix of poignant, exotic, obscure (occasionally, but worth the trouble) and often very funny. One poem, for example ("Pangur Blah") features the author's struggles with writer's block. He compares himself with his cat, who ("an urban beast, hence unemployed") does "naught but nap and shed and void."
Rhymes and meters are impeccable. In this age of sloppy poetics, this book is a treat.
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It's a marvel these days to come upon poems that have sense, sensibility, music, and passion, plus intelligence, all wrapped up in a single package. Downing is unfashionably brilliant, that is, he doesn't subscribe to any of the pieties of the "creative writing" establishment, and he sticks to (was it?) Ezra Pound, who said something like "poetry must be at least as well written as prose." Downing's stuff is delicious.
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