A Semblance, 1975-2007

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A Semblance: Selected and New Poems (1975-2007) is the first selected compilation of poetry by Laura Moriarty. Drawn from her previous poetry collections and including new work, this selected demonstrates Moriarty's ability to make each lyric phrase into a portal where we find ourselves turning at once in two directions—backward, to probe the newly exposed limits in our old ways of understanding, and forward to experience a more evolved and involved attention to our world through the animated potentials she ...
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Overview

A Semblance: Selected and New Poems (1975-2007) is the first selected compilation of poetry by Laura Moriarty. Drawn from her previous poetry collections and including new work, this selected demonstrates Moriarty's ability to make each lyric phrase into a portal where we find ourselves turning at once in two directions—backward, to probe the newly exposed limits in our old ways of understanding, and forward to experience a more evolved and involved attention to our world through the animated potentials she offers us. Whether examining the historically gendered gaze of art or of culture's narratives and their impact upon the individual, or the symmetries that interlink to figure our social and political horizons, or the destructive forces that both expose and explode our meaning of self, Moriarty's poems offer the expansive pleasure of revelation in each finely distilled articulation. This selected includes an introduction by the esteemed poet Norma Cole, whose awards include a recent Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant.
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The publication last year of Moriarty's novel Ultravioleta(Atelos) was greeted with such praise that its small press publisher sold out its first run. This book brings together many hard-to-find pieces from 12 collections of verse, making a writer who often works at book-length in nontraditional lyric modes seem suddenly much more immediate and accessible. Moriarty, who is the deputy director at Small Press Distribution, studied with Robert Duncan, and is closely associated with Bay Area poet Norma Cole (who provides an introduction). She has the former's baroquely elegant turns of mind and the latter's searching fluidity, but her subject matter-roughly, how one's self-perceptions form a language that one is always comparing to one's experiences-is all her own, and her lines have a tensile gorgeousness unlike anyone else's: "Love itself embodied perspective/ Flattened out into a map/ If you cause me to act." The excerpt from Moriarty's extended meditation Nude Memoir, for example, takes in everything from Duchamp to narrative theory to "[a] child with the memories of a woman." The result is a book that offers a sense of discovery, tinged at every turn with humor, "transposition problem[s]" and a "Blinding kiss." (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890650278
  • Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Moriarty
LAURA MORIARTY has published eleven books of poetry, a short novel, Cunning (Sputyen Duyvil 2000), and a novel of science fiction, Ultravioleta (Atelos 2006). She has been a very active member of the Bay Area community for 25 years, has traveled extensively to do readings and workshops, has had her work translated into half a dozen languages, has taught at Mills College, Naropa University and Otis Art Institute, and has been a nonprofit literary organization director for 20 of those years. Her work in nonprofit literary organizations include her current position as the Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution, and her previous position as the Archives Director for the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University from 1986 - 1997. She received a Poetry Center Book Award in 1984 for Persia (Chance Additions). She has also been awarded a Gerbode Foundation grant, a residency at the Foundation Royaumont in France and a New Langton Arts Award in Literature.
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    1. Hometown:
      Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1979
    2. Place of Birth:
      Honolulu, Hawaii
    1. Education:
      B.S.W., University of Kansas, 1993; M.A. in English, University of Kansas, 2000

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