It Was Fever That Made the World

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This sophisticated first collection by Jim Powell synthesizes personal and world history to produce a compelling vision of the past, through verse letters to friends and relatives, translations of Horace, Propertius, Sappho, and others, and allusions to ancient figures of history and mythology.
"I find it difficult to overpraise the ease of this writing, which in one act combines succinct physical presentation and explanation of it. . . . It is perhaps here that Jim Powell, not...
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Overview


This sophisticated first collection by Jim Powell synthesizes personal and world history to produce a compelling vision of the past, through verse letters to friends and relatives, translations of Horace, Propertius, Sappho, and others, and allusions to ancient figures of history and mythology.
"I find it difficult to overpraise the ease of this writing, which in one act combines succinct physical presentation and explanation of it. . . . It is perhaps here that Jim Powell, not yet forty, most shows his superiority to many of his contemporaries and seniors.  He not only understands the way in which opposites are necessary to one another, he achieves his knowledge in the poem, and so we grasp it as we read. . . . he has tapped a subject matter that is endless and important, and by the thoroughgoingness and the subtlety of his exploration shows he has the power to do almost anything."—Thom Gunn, Shelf Life
 
"His title burns away everywhere in the volume, in the fevers of eros, divination, memory, destruction, and grief. . . . Page for page, there is more sheer fine, clear, yet syntactically subtle and metaphorically gorgeous writing in Powell than I have seen in some time."—Mary Kinzie, Poetry

"Jim Powell's poems, like those of Thomas Hardy, are haunted forms, full of ghosts and mocking gods, shadows and foreshadowings. But Powell is a Hardy whose poems we've never read, a Hardy with his hand in the blaze, not stirring the ash in a cold and wind-torn grate."—Jennifer Clarvoe, The Threepenny Review

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Low-cost onsite wastewater disposal systems can now be considered as permanent solutions to the problem of waste removal. This book can be used for planning, design, repairs, and alterations. The second edition updates and expands onsite investigation, pretreatment methods, and subsurface soil systems and offers more design examples. Powell, a native of Berkeley, California, has published poems in many magazines. This collection includes translations of Sappho, Horace, and Propertius, as well as original poems published in such magazines as Chicago Review, Paris Review, The New Republic, among others. Paper edition (0-226-67707-9) available for $8.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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I find it difficult to overpraise the ease of this writing, which in one act combines succinct physical presentation and explanation of it. . . . It is perhaps here that Jim Powell, not yet forty, most shows his superiority to many of his contemporaries and seniors.  He not only understands the way in which opposites are necessary to one another, he achieves his knowledge in the poem, and so we grasp it as we read.  In the meeting of opposites—whether of disease and health or of sea-fog and branches or of Circe and Odysseus—he has tapped a subject matter that is endless and important, and by the thoroughgoingness and the subtlety of his exploration shows he has the power to do almost anything.

— Thom Gunn

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"I find it difficult to overpraise the ease of this writing, which in one act combines succinct physical presentation and explanation of it. . . . It is perhaps here that Jim Powell, not yet forty, most shows his superiority to many of his contemporaries and seniors.  He not only understands the way in which opposites are necessary to one another, he achieves his knowledge in the poem, and so we grasp it as we read.  In the meeting of opposites--whether of disease and health or of sea-fog and branches or of Circe and Odysseus--he has tapped a subject matter that is endless and important, and by the thoroughgoingness and the subtlety of his exploration shows he has the power to do almost anything."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226677071
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Series: Phoenix Poets Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Jim Powell, a native of Berkeley, has published poems in many magazines.
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Table of Contents


The Crooked House
It Was Fever That Made the World
Home Free
Revisiting The Haight
A Letter
Heat
A Drink of Water
Inscriptions
Lighting The Furnace
Sappho: To Aphrodite
Song
Baudelaire On Love
Napoleon Reviendra
The Crooked House
Fire Signs
The Weaver
A Glass Blower:
A Woman Watering
Mare's-Tails
Broken Bottles
Captives
Time and Light
In The Desert
Circe
Cleopatra
Heights
Snow Drifts
A Ghost
In Late March
Fire Signs
Between The Teeth
Housekeeping
The Piper
Acknowledgments
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