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Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form

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Comic, elegaic, and always formally intricate, using political allegory and painterly landscape, philosophic story and dramatic monologue, these poems describe a moment when something marvelous and unforeseen alters the course of a single day, a year, or an entire life.

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Overview

Comic, elegaic, and always formally intricate, using political allegory and painterly landscape, philosophic story and dramatic monologue, these poems describe a moment when something marvelous and unforeseen alters the course of a single day, a year, or an entire life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fussy title of Harvey's distinctive, substantial debut gives a pretty good idea of the Victorian-style cathexes within, swooning with "Objective Fatigue" and clutching "More Sketches for a Beautiful Hat." Many poems issue from a space of Wonderland-like decadence, where "tiny tin gutters would be gauche,/ pathetically mimetic" and "irritated he would play with his/ Chameleon putting her on a paisley pillow or tartan/ Scarf." There is a foreboding to such scenes, and a toughness to Harvey's speakers: one "can't be coy after all I've done" and another has "killed one pride only to have another replace it." Pervasive longings are often compressed into a verbal device Harvey may have imported from Turkish poetry, in which the start of a line (here always unpunctuated) is at once the end of one sentence and the start of the next: "this village is closer to the glacier than/ The volcano emits a tiny rumble & drools lava every few/ Years go by..." It's used too often, but the people and pursuits within the poems as a whole certainly vary: a male poet proceeds from the "Vestibulum" to the "Frigidarium" to find his muse within domestic "Thermae"; "Frederick Courtney Selous" exhorts a lover to make a necklace of the stamps from his letters; one poor lover of the title poem casts a bathtub for his beloved only to burn his feet--all with the craft and care of miniature portraiture. While the results, despite watchful self-inoculation, can be precious, the imagination and syntactic dexterity they display are remarkable. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Flecked with color and taking lively twists and turns, this first collection displays a rather remarkable breadth. All of the poems are well wrought, displaying verbal acuity and an over-arching structure that lands the reader in the most unexpected places. Such is the case in "Letting Go," which depicts the desire to hold onto the bell pull and to "go clanging up into the sky." The title poem stands out for its humor and the philosophical distinction between the vessel and its contents: "Whenever we want we can pull the plug and get out/ Which is not the case with our own tighter confinement/ Inside the body oh pity the bathtub but pity us too." Highly recommended.--Ann K. van Buren, Riverdale Country Sch., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882295265
  • Publisher: Alice James Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 932,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Translation
Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form 3
Nude on a Horsehair Sofa by the Sea 5
This Holds Water 7
Outside the Russian-Turkish Baths 8
Self-Portraits 9
Ornamental 12
Paint Your Steps Blue 15
The Festival of Giovedi Grasso 17
By Bicycle 18
Objective Fatigue 19
The Need for Consistency 20
Frederick Courteney Selous's Letters to His Love 22
In Defense of Our Overgrown Garden 29
The State of Expectation 30
Memento Mori 32
The Oboe Player 35
Napoleon's Gardens 36
How All Things Vestigial Gained Prestige 37
More Sketches for a Beautiful Hat 38
Minarets & Pinnacles 39
The Gem Is on Page Sixty-Four 41
Thermae 42
Lessons in Seeing 46
Gradations of Blue 49
Letting Go 50
The Illuminated Manuscript 52
Image Cast by a Body Intercepting Light 56
Ceiling Unlimited Series 57
One Filament Against the Firmament 66
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