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Thistle: Poems Paperback – September 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976211416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976211419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These thirty—seven poems are eccentric in the true meaning of the word—off—center. Their titles, bearing the names of weeds, flowers, herbs, trees, are merely points of departure. How hard can it be, the poet asks, to lie down in the green / mussed bed of the senses.... In clover. Whether it's clover or rue, aspen or moss, the reader is invited into that rumpled but rich bed.

(Maxine Kumin)

About the Author

Melissa Kwasny is the author of The Archival Birds (Bear Star Press, 2000), and editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800 - 1950 (Wesleyan University Press, 2004). She has also published two novels, most recently Trees Call for What They Need. Ms. Kwasny lives in Jefferson City, Montana.


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In this collection of odes to the temperament and individualized character of weeds, flowers, herbs, and trees, Kwasny tills the terrain of human emotion and reveals with freshness and grit the bloom of discernment and hope.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna D. Obermiller on April 9, 2006
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I love the author's sensitivity regarding her inner world and nature around her, however; stuck in a post modern frame of mine myself in my writing much of the time-it is my hope that this book serves as a catharsis for the writer to achieve a greater sense of integegration towards a more succinct expression of her future experience in her later works. I doubt post modernism will be the last great expression of global literature within the next century. "I hope for her a springtime which brings forth the yellow thistle flowers into the sweet vibrance of its fiery sun."

From:Juan Ramon Jimenez' "Platero and I An Andalusan Elegy", April 1960
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