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Halo of Desire

Halo of Desire

by Mark Irwin

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Library Journal - Library Journal
``I am troubled by the integrity of things,'' Irwin says. The poems in his first full-length collection display an attachment to objects that trouble the reader as well, and his perception of an object seldom offers any new insights. Irwin seems caught up in an outdated view of ``Poetry''such abstract poetic concepts as desire, beauty, truth, and art predominateand so the cumulative impression is cliched. Irwin's strength is his ability to enter the psyche of mythological figures, but too often he uses these personae to hide from himself rather than to achieve understanding. To use an image from another poem, it would appear that the poet would rather ``make'' a woman than take the chance of ``loving'' one. Irwin will have to take far more risks before his vision will catch up to the craft these poems contain. Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York

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Galileo Press
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1st ed
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6.45(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.32(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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