Giacometti's Dog (Pitt Poetry Series)

Giacometti's Dog (Pitt Poetry Series)

by Robin Becker
     
 

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Celebratory or eligiac, these poems record the author’s “two-headed journey” to root herself - geographically and emotionally - in the world.  Becker’s poems are from remote and familiar outposts: the watery evanescence of Venice contrasts with the desert of the American Southwest; we lean with her over the rim of a canyon or stand

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Celebratory or eligiac, these poems record the author’s “two-headed journey” to root herself - geographically and emotionally - in the world.  Becker’s poems are from remote and familiar outposts: the watery evanescence of Venice contrasts with the desert of the American Southwest; we lean with her over the rim of a canyon or stand back to study a  Giacometti sculpture.  From such settings arise poems on the death of a sibling, the consoling power of painting and sculpture; others celebrate the erotic and the capacity of the female body for pleasure and pain.

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“Becker uses shifting geographical and emotional landscapes to consider the complexities of love, loss and relationships.”
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With a direct, unembellished narrative style, a voice at once reserved and passionate, Becker ( Backtalk ) uses shifting geographical and emotional landscapes to consider the complexities of love, loss and relationships. Throughout the collection, the coffey/if you can say narrator when talking of poems, please switch this to narrator/speak used below/pk speakerspeaker? persona? attempts to come to terms with the ghosts of friends and family members who haunt these pages; she seeks to ``learn the patience to live / alongside the dead who will not speak / and will not go away.'' For Becker, though the earth is ``a lonely place, miles from anywhere,'' consolation can be found in art, nature, human sexuality and ``faithfulness renewing itself / with each attention to one thing, and the next.'' She is at her best when using microscopic detail and apt particulars to magnify past and present moments and events, her poems quietly building to subtle, arresting epiphanies. But the book is uneven, as Becker's language and rhythms sometimes slacken, lapsing into the vague and prosaic. ( June )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822954286
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
04/28/1990
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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