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Starred Review. Oh how the heart flares, Arnold writes, and melts like wax spilling over a candle's lip: both the flares, and the excess, find the right voice in this wild second book. A few premises—Persephone and Hades, a couple from hell in their underworld; the poet tormented by failed romance in Spain; the same poet, later in life, rapt and overcome by erotic devotion—give Arnold all he needs to construct what might be the strangest and most instinctively powerful poetry book of the season, with sequences neither (quite) lyric nor narrative, but erotic and ever alert. Few who admired the clean forms of Arnold's Yale Younger Poets Award–winning debut, Shells, could have predicted the delayed depth charge of this explosive second book, motored by vividly earthly language and disguised philosophical sophistication. Arnold also shows a gift for situation; a few over-the-top bits don't diminish this book's emotional power. The domicile of Hades is never warm never enough room, and Persephone sits all day beside the window holding her breath. In the collection's later, happier sequence, Arnold records all the speechless gestures of admiration/ of those early in love who aren't yet/ careful to say so much and no further. Arnold, by contrast, nearly says it all. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Craig Arnold teaches and directs the Visiting Writers Series at the University of Wyoming MFA Program. His first book Shells won the 1998 Yale Series of Younger Poets award.He has appeared in three volumes of Best American Poetry and was awarded the Rome Prize, an NEA fellowship, the Hodder Fellowship and the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scolarship.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193133742X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931337427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Erin L. Martin on May 17, 2009
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Craig Arnold never meant for this to be his last book of poems. He meant to keep creating these beautiful worlds, to explore the world with the beautiful joy that infuses this book. When he set off to study volcanoes for his next book, he didn't know that he wouldn't make it back.

The poetry world and the world as a whole have suffered a great loss, as have Arnold's loved ones, who seem to be many.

Made Flesh will linger as an excellent book of poems, a collection of stillnesses that come from a deep love of the world and all the people and stories in it. It stands on its own merits and will hopefully live on for the timeless resonance of Arnold's work. But it is, for now, impossible to read Made Flesh without remembering that Arnold is no longer among us.

I wish the best for his spirit and all the family he left behind, whether connected by blood or not.
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I've read this over and over more times than I can count. I bought it after I heard the Poetry Foundation broadcast about Craig Arnold disappearing near a volcano in Japan. So lonely and so tragic. They included a clip of Arnold reading from Asunder. It was so moving, I had to get the book...
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I haven't been this excited by a poet recommended by a friend since Eric left a copy of Denise Levertov in the back of my car in 1983. Brilliant blend of mythic and contemporary. Keen observation of each moment's pivotal gestures.
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