- Hardcover: 69 pages
- Publisher: Persea Books; 1 edition (August 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892552824
- ISBN-13: 978-0892552825
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leviathan With a Hook: Poems 1st Edition
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A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Johns Hopkins M.A. program, Kimberly Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate in English at UC Berkeley. In Leviathan with a Hook, she divides nearly 50 mostly page-length lyrics on spring, fruit, love, Christian symbolism and birds, mainly among three sections ("Angling"; "Seamless, Electric Life"; "Eastward"). Johnson's speaker plumbs a purple fruit ("The weight of the pit centripetal"), gives mouth-to-mouth instructions ("Do not move forward, do not move a finger") and tracks a "Squall Line" "I'm knocking at the door, my turbine. My Gulfstream. Dowsing-rod. Fastness. Wellwater. South-wind" among other explorations and animations.
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It is a beautiful book, and an unusual one. -- Mark Strand
Johnson's poems are wonderful. Her wonder gives you the world, and starts thought. -- Allen Grossman
These are wild, inventive, hungry, celebratory poems. [They] fear neither glory nor ruin. -- Rosanna Warren
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I think Johnson purposefully separated this book into several sections. I could be missing something - but I equated them with first mud, second desert, third coastline. Insects are in there too - we mustn't forget the insects. The poems flow from one to the other without a hitch, which makes this book particularly satisfying to read. I though each poem was successful in conjuring memories in the reader. I kept saying to myself, I know exactly what she means. She is indeed observant - but in a way that we can all understand. Poetry is for understanding things we already know subconsciously. The things we should be laughing at, but we don't notice. The things we should notice, but never do. The things we once noticed, but forgot. I cherished the feeling of hunger for nature this poetry induced in me. Read out doors.