Monument in a Summer Hat: (Poems)

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Poetry. In James Armstrong's pellucid poetry the drifting of autumn leaves shares space with the baroque architecture of nineteenth century England. A woman peruses a book of pharmaceuticals in a coffee shop looking for hints of happiness. And a naked woman wearing hip boots stares out of the 1940s in a photograph hung in a Michigan bar. Twilight is always moving the shadows of our urban lives out toward the country, our inherited past, where a deer or a heron waits like an angel glimpsed through the fog. ...
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Overview


Poetry. In James Armstrong's pellucid poetry the drifting of autumn leaves shares space with the baroque architecture of nineteenth century England. A woman peruses a book of pharmaceuticals in a coffee shop looking for hints of happiness. And a naked woman wearing hip boots stares out of the 1940s in a photograph hung in a Michigan bar. Twilight is always moving the shadows of our urban lives out toward the country, our inherited past, where a deer or a heron waits like an angel glimpsed through the fog. Armstrong's poems elucidate the mystery and beauty of borders—temporal and historical, as well as geographical—while his pastoral sensibility floods our senses with images of the natural world, seemingly stopping time, edifying us, and helping us—for a few moments anyway—to transcend our enervated contemporary lives. Reading this book is like diving into a deep lake. It cleanses the soul.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932826787
  • Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Series: New Issues Press Poetry Series
  • Pages: 53
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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James Armstrong grew up in Portage, Michigan and has lived in Boston and Chicago. Armstrong is the author of MONUMENT IN A SUMMER HAT (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 1999) and Blue Lash (Milkweed Editions, 2006).His poems have appeared in Triquarterly, Gulf Coast, Orion, The Snowy Egret, and elsewhere. He has a Ph.D. in American Literature from Boston University and has taught English and Creative Writing at Nothwestern University and in the MFA program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1996 he was awarded the PEN-New England Discovery Prize for Poetry, and in 1999 he received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in poetry. Armstrong is currently an assistant professor of English at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
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