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The Lightning Field Paperback – May 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0932440945 ISBN-10: 0932440940 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932440940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932440945
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,265,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author of a novel and five books of poetry, CAROL MOLDAW has followed a rigorous writer’s path, recording with indelible passion the inscrutable, the sensual and intellectual. The recipient of a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, Moldaw has taught for many writing conferences and university programs, including Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine’s low residency M.F.A. program, and the M.F.A. program at Naropa University. She lives in Pojoaque, New Mexico with her husband and daughter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Sagan on August 27, 2003
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In this new book, Carol Moldaw's poetry deepens. It moves in two different directions--the long philosophical title poem based on the earthwork sculpture and also more personal poems. One of my favorites is "Lou Reed in Istanbul" which brings a lot of different elements together to deliver a poetic punch! The poems about her daughter are also lovely. And a tiny one on earrings makes you want to put on your jewelry. If you liked her earlier work, like "Chalkmarks on Stone" I think this book will give you a complex poetic vision of the world. If she is a new poet for you--enjoy her well-crafted but honest voice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2003
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The best kind of poetry is spiritual nourishment, and that should mean that reading and re-reading will keep yielding new insights and possibilities. If you stop to think about it, many books of contemporary poetry don't bear rereading or offer much besides a kind of immediate shock or amusement. Carol Moldaw's poems, especially the long title sequence, offer enormous satisfaction to a thoughtful reader and they keep on doing so when you return to them. They are resonant, shimmering, and hypnotic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reginald Shepherd on July 15, 2005
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Carol Moldaw writes rich, intense, musically and imagistically dense poems that begin with the particulars of perception and often open up into phenomenological investigations of the nature of experience itself. Hers is a consciousness that's always "roving, testing, striving to assemble an accurate report, probing further into the feeling." Her "studies in pen and ink," in their quest to capture the contours of the world, "contain a myriad of nests, one for every bird," and like the visitor wandering through the eponymous art installation of this book's title sequence, the reader is "forced to scrutinize the memory of [his or her] next step." This is dazzling and rewarding work.
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Carol Moldaw was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the Bay Area. In 2011 she served as the Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Writer-in-Residence, at Hollins University, and she has taught at Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine's brief residency M.F.A. program, Naropa University, The College of Santa Fe, as well as privately. The Lightning Field won Oberlin College Press's FIELD Prize, and she is also the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship as well as a Pushcart Prize. Moldaw now lives outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and daughter.

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