Orient Point: Poems

Orient Point: Poems

by Julie Sheehan
     
 

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“Tender, sassy, quietly observant, deeply cutting ... a collection bursting with verbal and existential exuberance.”—Billy Collins
Julie Sheehan draws from nature guides and self-help books, weaves legal argot and street slang, and fills her work with “muscle, size, shadows, and nuance” (Linda Gregg).

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“Tender, sassy, quietly observant, deeply cutting ... a collection bursting with verbal and existential exuberance.”—Billy Collins
Julie Sheehan draws from nature guides and self-help books, weaves legal argot and street slang, and fills her work with “muscle, size, shadows, and nuance” (Linda Gregg).

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Winner of the Barnard Women's Poets Prize, Sheehan's second collection (after 2001's Thaw) evinces a complex sensibility both playful and serious, refined and gregarious. Her vision is broad and anthropological, pointing outward to the physical world and empathic with those inhabiting unfamiliar or uncomfortable surroundings, from the Virgin Mary living among the mothers left childless by Herod's decree. to a Sudanese refugee in the Midwest ("He chews alone, he swallows alone, pristine/ he talks to no one"), to inner-city teens competing for the role of Shakespeare's Juliet. A skilled technician, the poet will sometimes heighten her subjects' sense of dislocation by filtering their narratives through unusual rhetorical registers, such as mock Middle English ("Bifel that rehearsen the girls; on occasion they rehearse;/ between trips to the bodega, they rehearse") and litanic pronouncement ("May ill repute visit her in smashes"). Sheehan's linguistic adventurism and ease with traditional formal structures are complemented by a wry wit (in Greenwich, CT, "...hedges are upholstered, each cobblestone/ has an appointment"; a cat is "loyal as tongue to tuna fish") that may surface when least expected. Recommended for larger poetry collections.-Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393330359
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/19/2007
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author

Julie Sheehan won the Barnard Women Poets Prize for her previous collection. She lives on Long Island.

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