- Paperback: 85 pages
- Publisher: Time Being Books; First Edition edition (May 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568091192
- ISBN-13: 978-1568091198
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,117,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Russian Tortoise First Edition Edition
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Their patient gravity enlivened by sly flickers of humour, the best poems in Gardner McFall's second collection turn an attentive gaze on creatures (the eponymous tortoise; a house cat; a water buffalo) whose significance feels totemic.... Many of these poems have an undertow of sorrow and loss, the more effective because of their restraint. --Rachel Hadas, The Times Literary Supplement
Experienced and acclaimed poet Gardner McFall brings readers another collection of poetry with Russian Tortoise, a collection of poems expressing her emotions and opinions on the world around her and everything about it. Russian Tortoise is a collection that is poignant and wise, recommended. --Midwest Book Review
The poems in Gardner McFall's Russian Tortoise are informed by a sense of fragility and loss. In this they may be said to be elegiac in tone. But these elegies are concerned not so much with lamenting the dead than with using the example the dead have provided to celebrate lives of common beauty and to do justice to the odd, the wayward, and the broken. The result is a wise and moving book. --Carl Dennis
About the Author
Gardner McFall is the author of The Pilot's Daughter (Time Being Books). She is also the editor of Made with Words, a prose miscellany, by May Swenson (University of Michigan Press), the author of two children's books, Jonathan's Cloud (Harper & Row) and Naming the Animals (Viking), and the librettist for Amelia, an opera commissioned by Seattle Opera, with music by Daron Hagen. Ms. McFall, who has received a "Discovery"/ The Nation award and the Missouri Review's Thomas McAfee Prize for Poetry, earned her master's degree from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and her doctorate, in English, from New York University. She lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.