In Praise of Falling

In Praise of Falling

by Cheryl Dumesnil
     
 

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Winner of the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Enacting the Zen proverb “fall down seven times, get up eight,” this collection explores the ways we fall—through disillusionment, disappointment, and plain, old-fashioned mistakes, and the ways we rise up—out of personal debacles, unfortunate circumstances, family legacies, and

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Winner of the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Enacting the Zen proverb “fall down seven times, get up eight,” this collection explores the ways we fall—through disillusionment, disappointment, and plain, old-fashioned mistakes, and the ways we rise up—out of personal debacles, unfortunate circumstances, family legacies, and collective struggles.

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“The focus in Cheryl Dumesnil’s poetry is on contemporary subjects in contemporary language—always with fresh understandings and surprising angles and, like all good poetry, with the ‘best words in the best order.’”
—Ed Ochester

“In poems that ‘keep us alive by recording / all our details right,’ Cheryl Dumesnil passionately and at times irreverently approaches the consequences of desire, knowing that ‘sometimes / looking closer lets us love something / more.’ Confucius and Karen Carpenter may ghost through these poems, but autistic children and the selfless community of women spark ‘the unspoken wondering / if any one of us is safe.’ The poems remain celebratory, though, because their eloquent yet unassuming gestures 'raise us / up from the depths, silver, glimmering.’ In Praise of Falling is a debut of extraordinary transparency and generosity.”
—Michael Waters

“A beautiful, linguistic celebration of the surprises that come from seeming failures.”
BOMBlog

“Poems that calm and inspire . . . Introspection tempered by humility and gratitude, key qualities of Zen, character ‘In Praise of Falling.’ This book is well worth reading for its quiet pleasures.”
The Potomac

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822960416
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
1,441,011
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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