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Place
     

Place

by Jorie Graham
 

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“Graham’s poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing we have.”
New York Times

“One of the most important living poets.”
Library Journal

Place is a new collection of poems from Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham. An extraordinary American artist whom The New Yorker

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“Graham’s poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing we have.”
New York Times

“One of the most important living poets.”
Library Journal

Place is a new collection of poems from Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham. An extraordinary American artist whom The New Yorker calls “a mesmerizing voice” Graham is renowned for poetry that is startling, original, and deeply relevant, and has been placed in the poetic lineage of such masters as T.S. Eliot and John Ashbery. In Place, Graham explores the ways in which our imagination, intuition, and experience aid us in navigating a world moving towards its own annihilation and a political reality where the human person and its dignity are increasingly disposable.

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Publishers Weekly
Graham’s 12th book continues in the strong vein of her recent politically and environmentally concerned collections (Overlord and Sea Change), but adds a powerful thread about a parent’s apprehension that her child has grown and is inheriting the (broken) world. Graham remembers/ imagines, in her crenelated, consciousness-tracking style, that child swinging high on a swing set: “you shall never enter/ no matter how long time is—never—/ that gash you create in the evening air at your highest,/ your own unique opening/ which you can never fill,/ cannot ever crawl back through and out,/ except when that one moment comes and it will open and you will go....” Graham imagines herself as a child, too, when “the world opened its robe/ and you/ were free to look with/ no sense of/ excitement, no song, it is so simple.” She may well be at the height of her powers here, having developed a style that is both expansively public and deeply private, solipsistic and encompassing, and always beautifully sensitive to the capacities and failures of language to transform the world. For Graham, life’s most powerful experience may be ambivalence, as in competing passions, which becomes a startling kind of abundance: “your blood is full of/ barren fields, they are the/ future in you you/ should learn to feel and/ love: there will be no more: no more: not enough to go around: no more around: no/ more: love that. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062190642
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
79
Sales rank:
895,665
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Jorie Graham is the author of twelve collections of poems. Her poetry, widely translated, has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize, the Forward Prize (UK), and the International Nonino Prize. She lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Harvard University

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