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Calenture Hardcover – March 17, 2008

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Calenture is a book about compulsion, that strong kind of yearning often countered by duty. As the waves segment the sea, so Kent Shaw's lines read as at once kept and then utterly free. Faith, desire, myth, or allegiance- what is the current that carries us? 'Who is the swimmer who doesn't feel the silk/ tying his wrists when he pulls himself deeper/ into the lake s thicker folds.' --Sally Keith<br /><br />Beneath so many of the poems of Kent Shaw's Calenture, there's an undertow of devotion that the poems at once resist and gradually give shape to. Against skepticism and apathy, Shaw pitches arguments for something approaching faith and fervor- the resulting poems surprise at every turn. --Carl Phillips<br /><br />Here are prayers unprayed yet answered in advance by oceanic lights and peonies. Only in the poems of Reverdy do I find cadences as reticent and then suddenly voluptuous as Kent Shaw's here in Calenture. This is a book that will remain vivid for a very long time. --Donald Revell

Beneath so many of the poems of Kent Shaw's Calenture, there's an undertow of devotion that the poems at once resist and gradually give shape to. Against skepticism and apathy, Shaw pitches arguments for something approaching faith and fervor- the resulting poems surprise at every turn. --Carl Phillips

Calenture is a book about compulsion, that strong kind of yearning often countered by duty. As the waves segment the sea, so Kent Shaw's lines read as at once kept and then utterly free. Faith, desire, myth, or allegiance- what is the current that carries us? 'Who is the swimmer who doesn't feel the silk/ tying his wrists when he pulls himself deeper/ into the lake s thicker folds.' --Sally Keith

About the Author

Kent Shaw hails from St. Louis and Oklahoma City. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear qualified electrician and served on board the USS Eisenhower, which offered support during the first Gulf War. His poems have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Quarterly West, New Orleans Review, Greensboro Review, American Literary Review, Smartish Pace, and others. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Creative Writing Program at University of Houston, where he serves as poetry editor at Gulf Coast.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: University of Tampa Press (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597320390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597320399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,845,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Dalrymple on April 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I could compare wading into Shaw's poems like the first time I venture out into the ocean during the first summer trip: slightly intimidating. However, as I got deeper into the repetitive nature of the metaphors and imagery, I discovered I could not, nor did I seek to, escape, which is a theme at the heart of Calenture.
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