Radial Symmetry

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Katherine Larson is the winner of the 2010 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. With Radial Symmetry, she has created a transcendent body of poems that flourish in the liminal spaces that separate scientific inquiry from empathic knowledge, astute observation from sublime witness. Larson's inventive lyrics lead the reader through vertiginous landscapes—geographical, phenomenological, psychological—while always remaining attendant to the speaker's own fragile, creaturely self. An experienced research ...

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Overview

Katherine Larson is the winner of the 2010 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. With Radial Symmetry, she has created a transcendent body of poems that flourish in the liminal spaces that separate scientific inquiry from empathic knowledge, astute observation from sublime witness. Larson's inventive lyrics lead the reader through vertiginous landscapes—geographical, phenomenological, psychological—while always remaining attendant to the speaker's own fragile, creaturely self. An experienced research scientist and field ecologist, Larson dazzles with these sensuous and sophisticated poems, grappling with the powers of poetic imagination as well as the frightful realization of the human capacity for ecological destruction. The result is a profoundly moving collection: eloquent in its lament and celebration.

Metamorphosis [excerpt]

We dredge the stream with soup strainers 
and separate dragonfly and damselfly nymphs-
their eyes like inky bulbs, jaws snapping at the light as if the world was full of tiny traps, each hairpin mechanism tripped for transformation. Such a ricochet of appetites insisting life, life, life against the watery dark, the tuberous reeds. 

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Editorial Reviews

Orion
Bracingly artful . . . Radial Symmetry marks the arrival of a poet whose work merits many readings.—Alison Hawthorne Deming, Orion

— Alison Hawthorne Deming

Virginia Commonwealth University
Winner of the 2012 Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University

— Levis Reading Prize

Claremont Graduate University
Winner of the 2012 Kate Tufts Discovery Award given by Claremont Graduate University

— Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Orion - Alison Hawthorne Deming
"Bracingly artful . . . Radial Symmetry marks the arrival of a poet whose work merits many readings."—Alison Hawthorne Deming, Orion
Virginia Commonwealth University - Levis Reading Prize
Winner of the 2012 Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University
ForeWord Magazine - Book of the Year Gold Winner
Finalists for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Poetry category (winners will be announced 23 June)
Claremont Graduate University - Kate Tufts Discovery Award
Winner of the 2012 Kate Tufts Discovery Award given by Claremont Graduate University
ForeWord Magazine
Winner of the 2011 ForeWord Magazine Gold Medal Prize in the Poetry Category

— Book of the Year Gold Winner

The Paris Review

“The natural world has never felt more physical, more alive with tiny movements and infinite textures . . ."—Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review

— Nicole Rudick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300169201
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: Yale Series of Younger Poets , #105
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Larson is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Poetry Prize. She lives in Arizona.

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