For / Edition 1by Carol Snow
Pub. Date: 04/11/2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Snow makes innovative use
In For, the first volume in the New California Poetry series, Snow continues her vast poetic project of defining the relationship between art, life, and the acts of perception that define and limit those terms. If there is "subject matter" -- an elusive term when one talks about Snow's writing -- it is the play between memory and moment.
Snow makes innovative use of autobiographical material in finely wrought poetry of integrity, power, and subtlety. The kinship For has with Eastern thought and poetic forms is apparent in the depth charge of its spare style. Although Snow's poems have an affinity with those of Tu Fu, her antecedents among American writers include Elizabeth Bishop and George Oppen.
In For, by her clean observations and simple, forceful representations, Snow synthesizes the ancient and the classical. She forges new and remarkable poetry by combining traditions that once seemed incompatible -- the materials of life and a purely aesthetic, experimental style.
Table of Contents
|News Of: Codicils||6|
|Positions of the Body VI||12|
|On His Therapy||22|
|Then Three Reflections||23|
|Helpless, behind Her||28|
|Fermata ("Extended Care")||35|
|By the Pond||39|
|Again this morning||45|
|I Was Reading about Abulafia's "Permutation of Letters"||48|
|At the Beach||53|
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