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Thieves' Latin (Iowa Poetry Prize) Paperback – February 26, 2003
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''What binds the marvelous to the mundane is the constant arc of mind. In Thieves' Latin, Peter Jay Shippy articulates that mind, catching its accents in acts of nature, of culture, and of the Divine. Here I sense, a bright, bright motion, and it is thrilling.''
''Nothing/can replace the intimacy between/an object and its human, ' says Peter Jay Shippy. The intimacy of all these poems fills in the gaps between language-objects and reader-subjects. Shippy's strange little machines of words are all kinetic, disturbing, and weirdly graceful, unlike anything else available in American poetry. A dazzling book.''
In Peter Jay Shippy's debut collection, the function of image proliferates, Reading, I'm reminded of Andy Warhol's comment in his journal: 'The snow looks very beautiful, real even.' Everywhere in Thieves' Latin the natural is enhanced or destroyed by the human imagination. Shippy has written a surrealist elegy for the earth, 'whistling hardcore gabba and / breakbeat techno versions of ''The Internationale.'' A fierce accomplishment.''
About the Author
Peter Jay Shippy is the author of A SPELL OF SONGS (Saturnalia Books, 2013), Thieves' Latin, winner of the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize, Alphaville (BlazeVox, 2006), and HOW TO BUILD THE GHOST IN YOUR ATTIC (Rose Metal Press, 2007). He has been awarded writing fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2005 he received a Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry. He teaches writing at Emerson College.
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