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"Bracingly artful . . . Radial Symmetry marks the arrival of a poet whose work merits many readings."—Alison Hawthorne Deming, Orion
(Alison Hawthorne Deming Orion)

Winner of the 2012 Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University
(Levis Reading Prize Virginia Commonwealth University 2012-06-08)

Finalists for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Poetry category (winners will be announced 23 June)
(Book of the Year Gold Winner ForeWord Magazine 2012-06-08)

Winner of the 2012 Kate Tufts Discovery Award given by Claremont Graduate University
(Kate Tufts Discovery Award Claremont Graduate University 2012-06-08)

About the Author

Katherine Larson is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Poetry Prize. She lives in Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Series: Yale Series of Younger Poets (Book 105)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300169205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300169201
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the beautiful cover to the arresting opening poem, this collection from scientist/poet Katherine Larson is worth every penny. Usually such a book might contain one or two "gems" and a handful of other enjoyable but less moving pieces. Not so with this book! Just a few favorites are "Statuary", "Low Tide Evening", "Risk" and "Almost a Figure". Lines like "everywhere the spirits are hungry/Say you leave a crust of bread on your plate./A hundred of them could last for weeks on this" will keep you returning again and again to this excellent collection. Keep it beside your bed for nightly indulgence. Highly recommended!!
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A bright book, though it has its darker moments, a reader is rewarded by its end. The poem "Masculine/Feminine" is my favorite with it awareness of the French master in the wings. Personal and private, we visit the deserts of the Southwest of the United States. Born of a personal awareness, the book still is enigmatic and mysterious.

Allen Hagar
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"Yes, I've seen her poetry," says a character in T. S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party. "Interesting if one is interested in Celia." So many contemporary poetry books remind me of this comment: I don't object to their obvious obsession with the most deeply meaningful personal thoughts and experiences of the writer; what I don't understand is why it should be assumed that anyone else would have the slightest interest in them. This book is a typical example: divided, as seems to be obligatory for current poetry books, into four high level sections (though some daring innovaters may divide their collections into three or even five,) the verse in this book runs through a typical gamut of personal experiences (foreign travel, love affairs, death of a loved one, occasional reading of great authors,) leavened here, in an attempt at uniqueness, with imagery from the biological sciences. Images are continually banged against each other in an attempt at gaudy rhetoric, as in:

The Milky Way sways its back
across all of wind-eaten America
like a dusty saddle tossed
over your sable, lunatic horse.
All the plains are dark.
All the stars are cowards.

But the attempt seems to me strained, and my only reaction is to wonder what in the world this person is ranting on about. The book's low point for me was an apparent ecstatic ode to drunk driving:

Last night I threw my lab coat in the fire
and drove all night through the Arizona desert
with a thermos full of silver tequila ...
Outside of Tucson, saguaros so lovely
considering the cold, and the fact that you
weren't there to warm me.
Suddenly drunk I was shouting that I wanted to see the stars ...
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This book of poetry was excellent. Katherine Larson has a unique style of writing that captures both the eye and the heart. A personal favorite piece was "Oranges in Uganda". My only issue was that the book came bent and wrinkled in the padded envelope package from Amazon. This took away from the beauty of the book and the words inside it.
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The kindle sample i received had no poems, only the table of contents! Not Useful! It was nothing to base a purchase on. Wish i had more...
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