A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999

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Breaking a seven-year silence, the prize-winning poet writes of the stark isolation of confronting love's aftermath, its losses, and its undeniable betrayals.
Robin Morgan's work, celebrated for its vindication of female experience and its evocation of the zeitgeist, is here intensely personal and powerful in new ways. In her sixth book of poems, prize-winning poet Robin Morgan undertakes a radical departure from her previous work, as she locates the landscape of her vision in ...

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Breaking a seven-year silence, the prize-winning poet writes of the stark isolation of confronting love's aftermath, its losses, and its undeniable betrayals.
Robin Morgan's work, celebrated for its vindication of female experience and its evocation of the zeitgeist, is here intensely personal and powerful in new ways. In her sixth book of poems, prize-winning poet Robin Morgan undertakes a radical departure from her previous work, as she locates the landscape of her vision in the stark isolation of a self confronting love's aftermath, its losses, and its undeniable betrayals. In poems documenting a seven-year silence, Morgan's voice emerges markedly different, sounding a singular passage through a private hell of despair, the madness of a "Hot January," to a place of furious peace in which the artist weeps "to recognize the self I'd fled to find."

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"This is about what got left behind./ A family. A landscape--black sand, white water, green stone./ ....Then, more gradually, the loss of other things./ Pride. Sleep. Health. Weight. Hair. Bone. Time. Heart. Voice." Prolific poet and prose writer Morgan's sixth collection remains fixated on that knottiest of second-wave feminist conundrums--how one's personal tragedies and the much larger-scale conflicts of the world can share space in a single consciousness. That question produces some torturous shifts, as in the title poem: "How tedious this mourning over a lover is, how trite! Better/ to dwell on my country's shift to the Right, better to fight/ for houseless heads, better to heal the body, attempt full-peal/ to write." Elsewhere the poet reads from an encyclopedia, only to teases herself narcissistically with ideas of suicide. Again and again, a reader will look for some redeeming irony--only to find pathetic fallacy ("candytuft nodding in coy denial of problems you/ would not discuss") or jokes that don't quite come off: "Bucolic landscapes had all but put me six feet/ deep down under..." In poems very short and moderately long, couplets and sizable stanzas, lines end-rhymed and internally rhymed, one finds evidence of serious craft ("Glorious leader, bemedaled and embalmed,/ you lie at last a relic, marble-biered in state"), near obsessional soundplay and the attempt to fit empathic straight-talk into some pretty ornate structures. For some readers, dexterous discussion of oppression, illness, survival and heartbreak will be enough. But too often, Morgan's reflections cross the line from artifice and honesty to glibness and self-satisfaction. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393321067
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/17/2000
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Morgan lives in New York. She is the author of A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Looking Backward 3
Learning Clock Patience 6
Fireworks 9
Country Matters 14
The Cool Web 17
The Farmer's Wife 18
Message Machine 20
A Hot January 23
The Butcher's Daughter 31
Small Talk Blues 32
The Last Time 33
The Passion 35
Fair Game 36
Useless Knowledge 37
Samizdat 39
Add-Water Instant Blues 40
The Ghost of a Garden 41
Universal Donor 47
The Spirit Cellar 50
Extreme Measures 52
Fixed Canon 53
Arctic Station 55
Col Tempo 57
Referred Pain 60
Invocation 62
Cave Dwellers 63
Definitions 69
Poeme Noir 70
Count Down 71
Tree Sister 72
Breakthrough Bleeding 73
Acrobats and Clowns 74
Chords 77
Creation Myth 78
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999

    'If love is hell, A Hot January takes us into the very belly of the devil's furnace. A forceful collection, an intense poetics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999

    'Sassy, sexy, and cerebral.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999

    'Strikingly memorable poems.In pace, diction, idiom, Morgan slices emotion raw. These are poems you will want to read aloud when you feel in need of joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    'A Stunning Collection'--Sojourner review

    'The poems are almost metaphysical in their startling metaphors . . . the poet ironic, witty, in absolute control of language. Poems that are skillfully structured, a tour de force. A stunning collection.'--Nov., 2000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2000

    A Break-Through Book

    These poems read like novels--gripping and moving. A departure from Morgan's more political poems, this is darker yet more lyrical, more personal. Poems like 'Acrobats and Clowns,' 'The Butcher's Daughter,' The Farmer's Wife,' and 'Cave Dwellers': superb.

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