Resort

Resort

by Patricia Hampl
     
 

When Patricia Hampl’s first book of poems, Woman Before an Aquarium, appeared in 1978, Choice called it “a generous . . . first collection,” and Virginia Quarterly Review characterized her work as “a poetry of accumulated details, strikingly presented.”

Now, after the success of her brilliant prose memoir, A Romantic Education, which

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When Patricia Hampl’s first book of poems, Woman Before an Aquarium, appeared in 1978, Choice called it “a generous . . . first collection,” and Virginia Quarterly Review characterized her work as “a poetry of accumulated details, strikingly presented.”

Now, after the success of her brilliant prose memoir, A Romantic Education, which won a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, Hampl has taken her poetry a step further in her new collection, Resort. The classical themes of beauty and love, loss and memory have always formed the core of Hampl’s work. Here, they are treated in a series of shorter poems and then gathered powerfully into the long title poem of the collection. Set in a small, tumbledown cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior, Resort follows the season of summer as Hampl explores a period of solitude following a loss, employing as a touchstone the image of the wild rose as it blooms and withers. In essence a poem about healing oneself through paying attention to the world outside, Resort has been called by poet Sandra McPherson “major, richly entangled, ebullient . . . all of a sudden my favorite long poem.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887483554
Publisher:
Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2001
Series:
Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA HAMPL’s most recent book, I Could Tell You Stories, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction in 2000. Her short story “The Bill Collector’s Vacation” appeared in the Pushcart Prize XXIII in 1999. Her prose works include the memoirs A Romantic Education and Virgin Time. Besides Resort, she has also published another collection of poems, Woman Before an Aquarium, and a prose meditation on Antonin Dvorak’s 1893 visit to Iowa titled Spillville. She was a 1990 MacArthur Fellow, and is Regents’ Professor at the University of Minnesota. She is also a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Series.

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