Swoon / Edition 2

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What does it mean to be a woman—a lover, mother and artist? In Swoon, Redel tackles the question of Eros as it animates domestic life. These are poems unafraid to embrace the sweetness of difficulty and the difficult sweetness of intimacy. Using short and extended lyric, prose poem, circular narrative, Redel refuses formal categorization, demanding of poetry a complex and textured vision of the female experience. Swoon is a robustly sexy, intelligent, daring book of poems.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
While some books can be read in a single sitting, this isn't one of them. Redel's characters don't walk the line between appetite and everything else so much as they dash back and forth across it, warming the pages so that readers who take up Swoon are likely to drop it from time to time and blow on their fingers as though they've grabbed a hot skillet. — David Kirby
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226706139
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Phoenix Poets Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Redel teaches in the creative writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and Vermont College. She is the author of the book of poems Already the World, which won the Wick Poetry Prize; a collection of stories, Where the Road Bottoms Out; and, most recently, the novel Loverboy, which won the Gable Novel Award and was selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of 2001.

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Table of Contents

Such Noises 3
Somewhere in the Glorious 4
And So I Went 6
Cabin Note 7
Damsels, I 8
No China 9
Swoon 10
Where We Fuck 12
Building the Church 13
Hallelujah Jam 14
Steerage 16
Pavane 17
This Is the Dream of Margaret Meadows 18
Sail Well Like This, Hurry 20
Be So Kind 21
Stunt 22
Hot 24
Frontier 25
Marked 26
Another Cabin Note 27
Such Noises 31
The Palace of Weep 32
Boy Food Man 34
Stridor 36
August 38
The Bounty 39
Bedecked 41
A Roving 42
Primary 44
Play 45
Wrong 47
Problem 48
Round 49
Bright Hill 50
Stop It 52
Where She Goes 53
The Jumper 54
It Is Sound We're After 56
Three Twelve O'clocks in a Day 58
Such Noises 63
Altered Woman 64
Intentional Woman 65
Measured Woman 66
Intact Woman 67
Here Is Her Detailed List 68
Standing Woman 70
Tilted Woman 71
Prior Woman 73
Recorded Woman 74
Unnamed Woman 75
Cut Woman 76
Noisy Woman 77
Living Woman 78
The Vow 79
Notes 81
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