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Quipu / Edition 1

Quipu / Edition 1

by Arthur Sze
     
 

ISBN-10: 1556592264

ISBN-13: 2901556592262

Pub. Date: 09/01/2005

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

In his eighth collection of poetry, Arthur Sze evokes quipu as both title and unifying metaphor. Composed of dyed, spun, and knotted cords, a quipu is a device created by the Inca as a tactile system of record keeping, calculation, and, possibly, narratives. In Quipu, Sze knots and strings together vibrant poems that move across cultures and times as agilely as they

Overview

In his eighth collection of poetry, Arthur Sze evokes quipu as both title and unifying metaphor. Composed of dyed, spun, and knotted cords, a quipu is a device created by the Inca as a tactile system of record keeping, calculation, and, possibly, narratives. In Quipu, Sze knots and strings together vibrant poems that move across cultures and times as agilely as they navigate tone and texture.

Sze's poems, long admired for fusing science, history, philosophy, and anthropology, are full of imaginative rigor and urgency; they make us envision the marvels and terrors of our contemporary world. His lines and rhythms are taut, sensuous, and mesmerizing; nouns become verbs - "where is a passion that orchids the body?" - and what appears solid and stable may actually be fluid, volatile. Arthur Sze harnesses the precarious, charged particulars of our lives and, through his luminous language, makes enduring and breathtaking poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901556592262
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
88

Table of Contents

Before Sunrise5
Earthshine9
Ox-Head Dot19
Syzygy20
La Bajada21
Spring Smoke22
Haircutting23
Lobed Bowl with Black Glaze and White Scalloped Rim24
Quipu27
Aqueous Gold39
Solstice Quipu47
Inflorescence51
Oracle-Bone Script61
The Welt62
In the Living Room63
Acanthus64
The Thermos66
Ice Line67
The Chromatics of Dawn68
Thermodynamics69
X and O70
The Angle of Reflection Equals the Angle of Incidence73
Earthstar81
Didyma85
Notes99
About the Author101

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