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Rosanna Warren's first collection of poetry, Each Leaf Shines Separate, announced the emergence of a fresh voice in contemporary American poetry and earned praise from John Hollander, Richard Eberhart, and Mark Strand. Now, in her second book, Rosanna Warren has fulfilled her promise. In Stained Glass she continues to examine, as John Hollander said of her first book, "the relation of art to nature, exploring the ultimate naturalness of the world of picture, and reading tenderly and shrewdly the forms of fable in...
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Overview

Rosanna Warren's first collection of poetry, Each Leaf Shines Separate, announced the emergence of a fresh voice in contemporary American poetry and earned praise from John Hollander, Richard Eberhart, and Mark Strand. Now, in her second book, Rosanna Warren has fulfilled her promise. In Stained Glass she continues to examine, as John Hollander said of her first book, "the relation of art to nature, exploring the ultimate naturalness of the world of picture, and reading tenderly and shrewdly the forms of fable in which reality presents itself to the passionate gaze." Yet in this volume the poems are more personal and intimate - they possess an emotional depth that extends the earlier work. Stained Glass is a book of mourning. It begins with an echo of Milton's Lycidas and concludes with an evocation of Iliad XXIV; in its course it touches on many scenes of loss, personal and impersonal. In the voice of an Eskimo mother, in a Parisian market scene, in brilliant translations of poems by Max Jacob and Pierre Reverdy, to the more intimate elegies, the human drama unfolds within the larger rhythms of the natural landscape. In poems that are classical and eloquent, ranging from sonnets and rhymed quatrains to highly flexible free verse, Warren vividly probes the savagery of aging, the corruption of the human body and human estrangement from the divine, evoking as well scenes of simple tenderness and beauty. This year's recipient of an Ingram Merrill grant and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets that honors a poet of exceptional merit under the age of forty, Rosanna Warren is clearly one of the most gifted poets of her generation.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While undeniably skillful, Warren's emotionally and linguistically condensed poems are best taken in small doses. Passages like ``Pansy/ freaked with jet be/ damned: it take radiant bitterness to stand, to take the throb of sky'' immediately catch the eye and the imagination, but poring over poem after densely layered poem can be exhausting. Warren ( Each Leaf Shines Separate , LJ 11/15/84) is often at her best when she works against her instinct for richly slathered images and lets her poems breathe a little: ``the little we know of St. Eustache/ becomes him: how this Roman (third century A.D.) general/ while hunting beheld/ a crucifix/ in a stag's antlers/ and instantly converted/ how broiled in a bull, his cries/ converted/to music'' runs one lovely example. Recommended for solid poetry collections.-- Barbara Hoffert, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393034868
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosanna Warren, the author of four collections of poetry, has received awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters and has won the Lamont Poetry Prize. She teaches at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Season Due 3
Hagar 4
Le Ventre de Paris: A Marriage Poem 6
Eskimo Widow 8
Child Model 9
Eskimo Mother 10
Pornography 11
Science Lessons 12
Courtly Love 13
The Cost 14
Tannin 16
Girl by Minoan Wall 19
Daily Mail 20
Ice 21
Jacob Burckhardt, August 8, 1897 22
In Creve Coeur, Missouri 24
Noon 25
Tide Pickers 26
The Cormorant 27
Farm 29
Alcman 33
A Garland from Alcman 34
An Old Cubist 36
Verso (Pierre Reverdy) 38
Same Taste (Pierre Reverdy) 39
Love in the Shop (Pierre Reverdy) 40
Agonies and More (Max Jacob) 41
Infernal Vision in the Form of a Madrigal (Max Jacob) 42
Christ at the Movies (Max Jacob) 44
Necrophiliac 49
His Long Home 50
Song 53
Man, That Is Born of a Woman 54
From New Hampshire 55
Mountain View 56
Lena's House: Watercolor 57
The Broken Pot 59
Umbilical 62
The Twelfth Day 64
Notes 67
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