Bright Hunger

Bright Hunger

by Mark Irwin
     
 

Mark Irwin’s poetics are a direct descendent of Rilke and Hart Crane. His poetry is propelled by charged rhythms and a haunting music. “An impeccable craftsman, Mark Irwin writes with a lyrical urgency that somehow combines the brilliance of Valery and the natural ease of observation of William Carlos Williams.” —David St. John

Mark Irwin

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Mark Irwin’s poetics are a direct descendent of Rilke and Hart Crane. His poetry is propelled by charged rhythms and a haunting music. “An impeccable craftsman, Mark Irwin writes with a lyrical urgency that somehow combines the brilliance of Valery and the natural ease of observation of William Carlos Williams.” —David St. John

Mark Irwin is the author of four previous collections of poetry, two of them with BOA. Among his literary awards are National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Art Council Fellowships, two Push-cart Prizes, the James Wright Poetry Award and a Fulbright Fellow-ship to Romania. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado, and spends a part of each year on a wilderness ranch in the San Luis Valley.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In his latest collection, Irwin (The Halo of Desire) depicts a thoughtful mind in solitary struggle between attachment to the "tiny flame" of each instant and a quest for permanence. The "bright" of the title suggests "rapture of the fetching present"; the "hunger" refers to a vision of the truth, "changeless/ but changing like waves." Poems about traveling and elegiac tributes to his father are suspended in a collage of color, light, and shadow, with words dissolving as Irwin fast-forwards through ever-changing scenes. But he's wary of the "slow wonder of being devoured," and Irwin does create spaces in his poems where he can rest. The reader will appreciate it, for this is dynamic poetry that draws one along like a strong current. The result can be a little exhausting, but Irwin takes a step forward here in his writing. For all contemporary collections.-Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929918522
Publisher:
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
American Poets Continuum Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,097,590
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author


Mark Irwin was born in Faribault, Minnesota and has lived throughout the United States and abroad in France and Italy. He is the author of four previous collections of poetry: The Halo of Desire, Against the Meanwhile, Quick, Now, Always (BOA Editions), and White City (BOA Editions). His poetry and essays have appeared widely in many literary journals. Among his literary awards are National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Art Council Fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, the James Wright Poetry Award and a Fulbright Fellowship to Romania. He lives with his family in Denver.

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