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Product Details

  • Series: Walt Whitman Award
  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr; 1ST edition (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807134414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807134412
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"So many paths shape The Waker's Corridor: walkways through childhood and grief, through illusion and reality, walkways through the nuanced layers of consciousness. Drawing from sources as diverse as the York Cycle of Mystery Plays and twentieth-century German design, Jonathan Thirkield has crafted a luminous book, one that marks the emergence of a major new voice in American poetry." --Linda Bierds

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Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan Thirkield graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow. His poems have appeared in Web Conjunctions, New American Writing, Colorado Review, 1913: a journal of forms, American Letters & Commentary, and other journals. He lives in New York.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Padme on February 19, 2010
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These poems show an amazing degree of craft--they are tight, tight, tight. Thirkield's originality just startles this reader. The poems need to be, deserve to be, savored word by word. If you want to read transparent poems that recapitulate experience (personally, a poet has to be in the Sharon Olds category to make me care about his/her crazy family)find something else. If you want poetry to be an experience, this one's a ten.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HyacinthGirl on August 1, 2009
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This book disappoints extremely. The only reason I've given it three stars is that upon future rereadings, it might turn out to be good. But I've read the whole book twice and the poems fall flat. There are occassional great phrases and interesting uses of fragmentation, but overall the poems are obscure and don't surprise. Transparency is incredibly important--we readers need to know what's going on. That doesn't mean the poems have to be simple. But the poems should be able to recognize themselves in the mirror. You would think he would be able to allow this to happen--his byline is impressive (MFA from Iowa's Writer's Workshop as a Truman Capote Fellow). But Linda Bierds' note from her judge's citation is laughable; "A luminous book, one that marks the emergence of a major new voice in American poetry." If so, I don't think I'll be reading much of contemporary American poetry.

I hope he does better next time.
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