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Temper (Pitt Poetry Series) by [Bachmann, Beth]
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“The difficulties of making art about violence might have churned the poems into melodrama or diffused them into abstraction, but Bachmann’s temperate approach yields work that is eerily calm and anything but bloodless. Tough and impressive, ‘Temper’ leaves its mark.”
—The Georgia Review


"Here we have metamorphosis, resonance, transfromation, the alchemy of art. Bachmann is able by a few simple direct gestures . . . to connect her personal grief and tragedy to the whole tradition of English (and Western) verse and to the poetic impulse itself to make beauty out of sorrow."
—Poetry



“A thorough and vivid emotional narrative, taking the reader to an unsettling depth of personal tragedy at breakneck speed.”
—Oxford American



“In her lush economies, psychic darkness, and imperative forthrightness, Bachmann is clearly an heir of Louise Glück  and there’s a trace of Whitman here, too . . .  The grief in ‘Temper’ is raw, relentless, and unadorned; in the crucible of Bachmann’s sensibility, this sorry becomes gracious force.”
—On the Seawall



“An often haunting image of time juttering forward and back ceaselessly, lives never completely explained or tragedy never finally understood.”
—Heavy Bear



“Nothing short of a stunning debut. Rarely have I felt so compelled by a collection, so utterly incapable of turning away. “
—Poet Lore



“Bachmann is able—by a few simple, direct gestures toward pastoral elegy, invoking nymphs and shepherds by rejecting them—to connect her personal grief and tragedy to the whole tradition of English (and Western) verse and to the poetic impulse itself to make beauty out of sorrow.”
—Poetry

About the Author

Beth Bachmann teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and Tin House, among others. Bachmann's work has been honored with a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and has been anthologized in Alice Redux and Best New Poets 2005 and 2007.

Product Details

  • File Size: 162 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (September 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEP21K
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I officially love this book, it's hauntingly beautiful with striking imagery that left me breathless. I like that Bachmann's poetry is easy to understand while still showing intelligence and her own unique point of view. At times heartbreaking I could not have asked for a better collection of poetry!
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By R. B. Johnson on September 23, 2009
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I am reading Temper these days. It's unimaginably wonderful and very powerful. I just love it. It's the best book of poetry I can remember reading, ever. Seriously. It's worth far more than the price of admission. As an elegy it is such an endless gesture of love.
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I met the author years ago in Baltimore when she just managed to escape the utterly horrifying tragedy that is partly the focus of this poetry. I knew she was a brilliant person (intensely private and practically mute) but after reading this book I was blown away with her ability to write such a deeply personal and powerful book. My wife and I made the mistake of reading it in bed before we went to sleep and were both utterly haunted by the imagery for weeks. The powerful nature of the poems truly conveys that she was "tempered" by her past to be a amazing poet. I strongly suggest this book and have personally sent copies this last year to about every person I know (something I don't normally do). It is no suprise she won so many awards for this work.
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