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Calenture Hardcover – March 17, 2008
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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
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