Natural Gaits

Natural Gaits

by Pierre Alferi
     
 

Poetry. Pierre Alferi is one of the exciting new breed of French poets who are becoming increasingly popular among younger readers of poetry. Among his books of poetry to date are NATURAL GAITS, THE FAMILIAR PATH OF THE FIGHTING FISH, AND KUB OR. The latter two books of poetry will be published by Sun & Moon Press in upcoming seasons.  See more details below

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Poetry. Pierre Alferi is one of the exciting new breed of French poets who are becoming increasingly popular among younger readers of poetry. Among his books of poetry to date are NATURAL GAITS, THE FAMILIAR PATH OF THE FIGHTING FISH, AND KUB OR. The latter two books of poetry will be published by Sun & Moon Press in upcoming seasons.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
French poet Alferi, who has written two other books of poetry (which Sun & Moon will publish in upcoming seasons) as well as book-length philosophical essays, uses language to explore physical sensations in his highly cerebral poetry. Each of the 10 poems here is named for a physical property or state, such as ``inertia,'' ``dissipation'' and ``recoil.'' Alferi tries to recreate each property linguistically and probes its metaphorical possibilities. Line breaks do much of the work, forcing the rhythm and grammar to curve to the line's often abrupt endings. In ``pressure,'' lines are cut and impounded, maximizing the poem's own internal pressure: ``a peripheral feeling appears/ after a few months hardly/ a feeling rather/ an easement (a buffer zone) an adjacent/ street, empty.'' The original French is not included in this volume, but Swensen sustains a remarkably natural breath in English. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557132314
Publisher:
Sun & Moon Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Sun and Moon Classics Series, #95
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.51(h) x 0.21(d)

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