Gaps and Verges

Gaps and Verges

by Roald Hoffmann

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Nobel Prize-winning chemist and Cornell professor, Hoffmann writes poems fusing a scientist's predilection for precise observation with a poet's lyrical, transformative vision (``Coral outcrops . . . an empress angel fish darts off--reef reflexes meet the finned intruder in this underwater Gaudi cathedral''). Yet the pineal gland, gulls diving for jellyfish and the traumatic infancy of cute-looking koalas do not delimit his poetic concerns. There are searing autobiographical pieces tracing his childhood in Nazi-occupied Poland (he emigrated to the U.S. in 1949) and his relationship with his stepfather in New York. ``In Need of Mending,'' ostensibly about fences, maps the geometry of friendship and hostility. ``Opening a Drawer,'' an apt, humorous meditation on folding shirts, is fundamentally a tender love poem. Despite its share of pretentious or pedantic misfires, this is an impressive collection of serendipitous rewards. (Mar.)

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University Press of Florida
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Contemporary Poetry Series
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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