Incomplete Knowledge: Poems / Edition 1

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This collection consists at its core of a sequence of poems that speak to the loss of the writer’s brother to suicide. These poems stun us by their restraint and simplicity, and by their astonishment that this life, so important to so many, could be extinguished in such a manner. Harrison’s poems are impeccably crafted and move through narrative seamlessly—dry, naive, vulnerable, always accessible.

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“Harrison’s best poems . . . open doors to the place in the heart where we come closest to knowing who we really are.” —New York Times Book Review

"Determinedly affable, chatty, and low-key even when his subjects are bleak, Harrison's fourth volume stakes almost everything on the winning tone that pushes his almost prose-like, free verse poems....These memoirlike poems have the bizarre details real grief always includes (the brother 'had enogh socks/for several lifetimes'), along with the sadness no verbal talent can assuage."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884800733
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 97
  • Sales rank: 1,546,194
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFFREY HARRISON is the author of Feeding the Fire (2001); Signs of Arrival (1996); and The Singing Underneath (1988); as well as the chapbook An Undertaking (2005). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and Poets of the New Century, among others. He is currently on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine, and lives in the Boston area.

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