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Human Nature
     

Human Nature

by Toby Olson
 
Olson's first book of new poetry in sixteen years. Human Nature is the poet andnovelist Toby Olson's first book of new poetry since We Are the Fire (New Directions, 1984). The intervening years saw five of his novels published to strong critical acclaim. "But," says Olson, "one day I woke from fiction to discover I'd not written a poem in close to ten years. How to

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Olson's first book of new poetry in sixteen years. Human Nature is the poet andnovelist Toby Olson's first book of new poetry since We Are the Fire (New Directions, 1984). The intervening years saw five of his novels published to strong critical acclaim. "But," says Olson, "one day I woke from fiction to discover I'd not written a poem in close to ten years. How to return to poetry after being away from it so long?" Certainly not in repetition of things done before. In Human Nature, Olson joins the novelist's art to the poet's reflections of friends and events and times gone by. When memory fades, replaced by story, the reader of these remarkable narrative meditations begins to realize the ways in which poetry might disclose different truths, born of the reinvention of experience. "In Human Nature," says Olson, "even the most autobiographical poems let fiction in."

Editorial Reviews

Easy Reader
This is a text of uncommon visceral immediacy and visionary originality.
Catherine Daly
Olson's poetry of memory, experience, and art is alive, lyrical, changing, and growing.
Boston Review
Louis McKee
The blending of the novelist's craft with the poet's sensibilities leaves us with works that are daring, thoughtful, and intelligent.
American Book Review
Scott Edward Anderson
Olson's first book of poems in 16 years; it's good to have

him back.
Philadelphia Inquirer

World Literature Today
A work that demonstrates the remarkable achievement of a lyric poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811214407
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Paperbook Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.34(d)

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