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The Errant Thread (Kore Press First Book Award for Poetry)

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ISBN-13: 978-1888553192
ISBN-10: 1888553197
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"A volume of wonderful fits and starts: well-built narratives are suddenly interrupted by a cryptic epithalamion. Short lines ease into spacious distances and big, ambling-paced arguments. An epigram suddenly grows a long neck and becomes an elegy. A lyric shears off into a one-line ending . . . . There is real verve, real invention and, above all, true craft . . . showing what the reader most wants—a poet certain of the craft, a writer certain of what the craft is there to do."  —Eavan Boland, poet and English professor, Stanford University

About the Author

Elline Lipkin grew up in Miami, FL, and attended Wesleyan University. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 1994 and her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston in 2003. She has worked as an editor in both New York City and in Paris. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Margie, North American Review, The Texas Review, and in The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Currently, she is studying contemporary American women's poetry as a Beatrice M. Bain Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kore Press First Book Award for Poetry
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kore Press (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888553197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888553192
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,248,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Trayce Diskin on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
These poems have a remarkable way of transforming the interior worlds of their narrators into something wholly exterior, shared, and alive. Settings like Perry Street, Brussels, Paris, the Pacific Northwest, and many others shimmer and ache with longing, possibility, and vision. I love "Taking the Waters," and "My Grandfather's Last Bird: A Trio of Voices," and "Mark Morris Comments on Dance V." From the first:


the Water Bearer, pours black sky into sky

adn the dark passes through even

the transparent glass, that lifted, offers

the dry throat, invisible and needed as hope,

a plain drink."
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Elline Lipkin's new book "The Errant Thread" spans three continents. It is smart and fierce - some of it dense and sinuous, some quick and biting. ?It captures something very true about the ambivalence of being a woman at this particular historical moment - the uneasy balance of traditional expectations with one's own uncertain longings. ??There's an aching, exuberant story of a modern wanderer in here, interspersed with myth and literature, family history, and lovely tone poems that evoke the quiet of day's slide into dusk. ?I wax poetic just talking about it! ?Check it out!
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