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Whirlwind (Pitt Poetry Series) Kindle Edition

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“In Whirlwind Sharon Dolin’s trademark quick wit and candor are infused with an uncanny mix of flirt and fury. Anchored by women who ride and are ridden by the blues, these expert poems shift between ode, testimonial, and elegy. Here is the ‘oh boy woe’ that prompts serious play; here is the intensity a woman displays when ‘her head is lifted above some suffering.’
Whirlwind is a book of wonderful whimsy, grace, and bite.”
—Terrance Hayes


“Whatever else she does with the American language, Dolin has fun: the New York City–based poet’s fourth volume combines great verbal ingenuity with a vast set of subjects. . . . Attentive readers will find credible emotions, real problems of divided love and of middle-aged worry, amid the sometimes baroque surfaces of Dolin’s poems. But the surfaces matter: they are the gift she brings.”
Publishers Weekly on Burn and Dodge


“She writes at the edge of compression, with such pop to her lines that I’m reminded of Auden’s definition of poetry—‘memorable speech.’”
—Bob Hicok on Burn and Dodge


“The strength of this book is that the [narrative] tapestry changes to a living, hurtful theater: the poems keep breaking their own elegant surface to reveal the shadows of loss and memory and fear. These fine poems pull the reader in—enchanting, disturbing, and consoling, all at the same time.”
—Eavan Boland on Realm of the Possible

About the Author

Sharon Dolin is the author of several previous poetry collections: Burn and Dodge, winner of the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry; Realm of the Possible; Serious Pink; and Heart Work, as well as five poetry chapbooks. She is Writer-in-Residence at Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. Dolin also teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

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  • File Size: 708 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (October 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0A94T2
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Corelis on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
For me at least, there's not much that's more boring than hearing all about a non-amicable divorce. You'll hear it at great length in this book. I suppose such material can be made into good poetry like any other experience, but what I find here is mostly (apart from a few attempted experiments in form and diction which don't seem to me successful) typical contemporary academic verse in broken-up prose decked out in typical creative-writing gimmicks. Reviews indicate that some people have liked this book, so maybe you will. I didn't.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Cohen on February 2, 2013
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So often I read books of poems that are not poetry books, with consistent thematic momentum, but just a bunch of poems slapped together into a manuscript. That's why it's such a unique pleasure to read Sharon Dolin's fabulous collection, a book with integrity, a book that not only sticks to its subject while offering a vast array of interesting linguistic and poetic techniques, but a book that can't escape its subject. Didn't Rilke indicate that poems must be born of obsession and necessity? This is a book that feels that it must have been written. Nothing cookie cutter about this! I love the innovation and incisiveness in language and form. I love these poems for making me heartsick in a way that regenerates my sense of compassion and reminds me what it's like to be human and disturbed by the inevitable nature of loss. I like poems that reveal that which most of us are too dishonest to admit to, that remind me an emotional secret revealed is more courageousness, more powerful, than the ones suppressed, unshared. These poems are not for the faint of heart. There are blood stains and body parts on the walls. It's a whirlwind, and this evidence of destruction, the fractured human form that is ultimately reassembled, is art that redeems. And shouldn't poems do that?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gwen North Reiss on November 6, 2012
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When the book arrived, I stood in my kitchen reading the first page with that heartbreaking word "housewarming" in the middle of the poem among so much drilling pain (and her humor) and the anchoring "because of whom" at the end. I wanted to applaud. For all the Furies and ironies, there is so much feeling. "Alabaster Figure" is lovely, so strong. There is room for the playful, the transcendent, and always her "gold standard for language." The gorgeous "Overlooked Dragonfly" at first seems a kind of counterpoint to the rest, but then it's so clear how well it fits.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Durning on February 4, 2013
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Funny, sonically fun, biting poetry that is like a short story about a marriage that blows up. This poetry is both serious and not-boring, a somewhat unusual combination. I've said now that it is both serious and funny; both things are true. The poems' speaker is an Angry Woman, but one who is too smart about things, including herself, to be whiney or bitchy. One or two of these poems you have to read to believe. Poetry lives.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen D. Gutierrez on October 22, 2012
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This is a powerful book about getting over heartbreak and moving on. The poems are painful, angry, passionate, honest, above all honest. The erotic poems are sexy and charged. I love this book, I really do. It's got such heart, such soul -- I'm pushing it on all my friends who are looking for fire in contemporary poetry. She's got it here, does Dolin.
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