Madame X

Madame X

by William Logan
     
 

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The moody poems in Madame X, William Logan’s tenth collection, find their subjects in the byways of the past two centuries. Henry James visits his birthplace, the most beautiful woman in Europe ends up in a barrel at a fun fair, and a minor writer succumbs to tuberculosis at a German spa. In the title poem, the portrait of Madame X offers our century

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The moody poems in Madame X, William Logan’s tenth collection, find their subjects in the byways of the past two centuries. Henry James visits his birthplace, the most beautiful woman in Europe ends up in a barrel at a fun fair, and a minor writer succumbs to tuberculosis at a German spa. In the title poem, the portrait of Madame X offers our century a lesson in seduction; but such public shows are balanced by poems of private desire, of the whispers of age, of the present always vanishing before us. These densely figured poems, rich in language and appointment, argue for a knowledge not sustained by the everyday. This is a triumphant collection of shimmering intensities and hard truths.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101603420
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Series:
Penguin Poets
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
771 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William Logan is the author of ten collections of poems, five books of criticism, and editions of Randall Jarrell's Poetry and the Age and John Townsend Trowbridge's Guy Vernon. The Undiscovered Country won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Logan has received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from The Academy of American Poets and the inaugural Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism, among other honors. He teaches at the University of Florida, where he is Alumni/ae Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching-Scholar.

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