Bending Home: New & Collected Poems

Bending Home: New & Collected Poems

by Susan Griffin
     
 

Poetry. Susan Griffin, a philosopher, poet, and Emmy-winning playwright whom Booklist has called a scintillating and enthralling feminist thinker, gathers more than thirty years of poetry in BENDING HOME. As in her critically acclaimed prose, Griffin couples intellect with emotion to craft poems which range from the comic to the tragic, the personal to politically

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Poetry. Susan Griffin, a philosopher, poet, and Emmy-winning playwright whom Booklist has called a scintillating and enthralling feminist thinker, gathers more than thirty years of poetry in BENDING HOME. As in her critically acclaimed prose, Griffin couples intellect with emotion to craft poems which range from the comic to the tragic, the personal to politically incisive. Whether exposing the horrors of war or exploring the intimacies of lovemaking, Griffin's poems clearly demonstrate that she is a major voice in American letters. the blackness / a refuge deeper / than sleep / your arm / mooring me / by the / waist. (Letter).

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Library Journal - Library Journal
'There is a record/ here,/ a life,' says Griffin in the opening lines of 'Prayer for Continuation' -- a statement that holds true for her entire collection in all its thematic splendor. This 'record' is a celebration not only of feminism and femininity but, more importantly, of human nature. Griffin combines eloquent rhythms, unique imagery, and internal rhymes to carry the speaker's voice from the page to the reader's ear. The talent displayed in the longer poems (e.g., 'Deer Skull,' 'Knowledge of the Body,' 'The Love Poem,' 'Prayer for Continuation,'" and 'To the Far Corners of the Fractured World') places Griffin among the best of her contemporaries. Unfortunately, the short poems seem like fragments to beef up the collection. Still, Griffin possesses a large vision of life -- embracing motherhood, science, history, death, faith, doubt, and, above all, beauty -- that is as admirable as it is ambitious. After finishing this collection, the reader will agree with Griffin that 'Life, I have finally begun to realize,/ is real.' -- Tim Gavin, Episcopal Acadademy, Merion, Pennsylvania

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ISBN-13:
9781556590870
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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