The Sublime

The Sublime

by Jonathan Holden
     
 

Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 1995.

The twenty-nine poems in this, Holden’s seventh poetry collection, are mainly epistemological, balancing adult desire against adult knowledge, dramatizing with painful accuracy the inevitable dissonance.

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Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 1995.

The twenty-nine poems in this, Holden’s seventh poetry collection, are mainly epistemological, balancing adult desire against adult knowledge, dramatizing with painful accuracy the inevitable dissonance.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this collection, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the Vassar Miller Prize, Holden writes in a plain, unadorned voice about the real world of divorce, death, sickness and drudgery. His poems contain few metaphors, and those he does use are firmly anchored in the everyday. "The Model Train" is a long poem about divorce: "We began systematically/ to take apart our life, like an HO-gauge/ model train set." A determined realism, grounded in the ordinary, gives Holden's work a direct, unpretentious tone that suits his often grim subject matter well. For Holden, larger social forces batter individual lives; this collection focuses on events both global and personal, moving from the nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island to his teaching his son to drive a car or taking a friend's father to the hospital. In "Gulf: January 17, 1991," a couple chooses to make love rather than watch the televised carnage of the Gulf War. At its best, Holden's plainspoken poetry celebrates such small moments of personal victory. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574410204
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
08/16/1996
Series:
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry Series, #3
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

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Jonathan Holden is University Distinguished Professor and poet-in-residence of Kansas State University.

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