Overboard

Overboard

by Beth Anderson
     
 

Poetry. "Anderson is a master of the syntactic measure, blending novelistic and essayistic tones with first-person statements that retain a cool observational air without ever feeling aloof. There is an eveness to the distribution of 'event' in these texts that defies thematization." --Steve Evans, Notes to Poetry. "We need not risk crossing open sky if

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Poetry. "Anderson is a master of the syntactic measure, blending novelistic and essayistic tones with first-person statements that retain a cool observational air without ever feeling aloof. There is an eveness to the distribution of 'event' in these texts that defies thematization." --Steve Evans, Notes to Poetry. "We need not risk crossing open sky if imagination alone will suffice" --from OVERBOARD. Other books by the same author available from SPD include THE HABITABLE WORLD, HAZARD, and IN RESIDENCE.

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Publishers Weekly
"I would prefer to avoid crescendo in these cacophonous times/ inundated with mess," states the speaker of "The Scale of Largesse," one of the many meticulously built and brilliantly absorbing poems in Anderson's second collection, one that repeatedly declines the grand gesture in favor of microtonal variation and complex formal architecture. Each of the book's five sequences features an expansive line (20 syllables or more) that would collapse into prose in lesser hands; in Anderson's the pleasures of enjambment, caesura and carefully measured rhythmical figures persist along with the intricate scissoring of syntax and sonics more usual in restricted line lengths. Highlights include the nine "Hearsay Sonnets," which plumb the Proustian allure of the place name and capture perfectly the contradictions (the quotidian versus the exotic; the actual versus the imaginary) condensed therein. Also excellent is the 10-poem sequence "A Locked Room," where the subgenre of mystery writing becomes a figure for the murderous side of social determinism. But most impressive is the concluding sequence "Hazard," which is Mallarm an in theme ("dice will roll") and fascinating formally (the internal structure of the 400-line poem and all its strictly patterned subdivisions would require an article to fully explain). Not every reader will find the "scale of largesse" at which an Anderson poem unfolds congenial or comprehensible. For the patient and attentive reader, however, it doesn't get much better than this. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886224698
Publisher:
Burning Deck
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Poetry Ser.
Pages:
78
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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