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Turning to Fiction: Poems Paperback – April 17, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0393328448 ISBN-10: 0393328449

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (April 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393328449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393328448
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,271,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this second book of poems (after That Kind of Danger), Masini traces the unplotted yet all-too perceptible boundary between the real and imagined: "Years ago I/ borrowed a life. It was a good life,/ but a man is not a book and I couldn’t see/ what held me." The book’s first third comprises poems about love and desire: "I am thinking about sex…a half-open book, wanting/ something to reveal/ what all this longing longs for." The sex is often adulterous, and its consequences include divorce. But heartbreak quickly morphs into a metaphor for the relentlessness of human loss. "What is this/ cry is the pipes?/ This hissing steam?/ This thin whistle of sorrow?" Other poems explore the confusing interconnection between sex and religion: "after years of waiting,/ we held it in our mouths—Corpus Christi—that first time,/ that first man we took into our bodies." The book’s final section continues the theme of the interplay of fiction and life: the loss of a lover leads Masini to Jane Eyre, the death of one friend leads her to the Tibetan Book of the Living and the Dead, the death of another finds her thinking about the Confessions of St. Augustine. The bulk of the settings throughout are quotidian—riding the subway, packing up an apartment, setting mousetraps, eating fruit with a lover—but Masini focuses on the plain and unadorned pain and loss beneath the ordinary: "Weeks now I’ve been thinking of disintegration,// the way we hold the bewildered/ lives in our hands,/ let them go."
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“A virtuoso conductor of the orchestra of the broken heart.” (Billy Collins)

“A book of body and soul—the profane reading the sacred, the sacred scolding the profane.” (Eavan Boland)

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By Lorraine S. Lawal on February 25, 2014
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Turning to Fiction is a book of poetry that covers a surprising array of ideas in poetic forms , and , in my opinion, reflects a New York attitude and state of mind and affairs.....where the unexpected becomes the expected in a juxtaposed world of ideas.

Masini takes the reader on a tour of New York visions and ideas. For instance, if you have been to New York, you are familiar with its street pigeons in "Ending" and also implies other types of endings that are at times beginnings.

Here is the glitz, glamor, chaos, and rush that is New York.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Annie VINE VOICE on November 23, 2013
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I was so taken by another of her books recommended to me by a friend, that I had to have more. This one also lived up to expectations. If you haven't read Ms. Masini before, do it now! You won't regret spending time with her lovely phrasing and her insightful words.
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