Hammer: Poems

Hammer: Poems

by Mark Turpin
     
 

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"Turpin is a poet of unusual gifts. . . a meditative and social poet whose real subject is the connection between one person and another—sometimes, between one person and all others. His material is not local color, but the universal, and the building trades are presented not as exotic but for their likeness to the rest of life."—Robert Pinsky

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"Turpin is a poet of unusual gifts. . . a meditative and social poet whose real subject is the connection between one person and another—sometimes, between one person and all others. His material is not local color, but the universal, and the building trades are presented not as exotic but for their likeness to the rest of life."—Robert Pinsky

"This work is so fundamentally substantial and pleasurable that it feels, to me, like an anthem."—Tony Hoagland

Mark Turpin has made his living for the past twenty-five years as a carpenter and construction worker, and his debut collection offers a rare and profound view of manual labor’s laconic, and largely male, world. He lives in San Francisco.

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The New York Times
Give your debut collection of poems a title like Hammer and you are all but promising a poetry of blunt, direct and forceful language. Mark Turpin's poems, most of which are set on the job sites of the home construction industry and peopled by the carpenters and backhoe operators who work there, deliver on that promise. — Andrew Santella

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781889330860
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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