Symmetry

Overview


Poetry. "If poems can be profoundly emotional - illuminating the persistently difficult zero of experience - these poems are. Precise, compelling, moving, simple, yet in places skirting the edges of what can be said, the writing in SYMMETRY feels absolutely necessary. Its toughness, honesty and eyes-open confrontation with the unnameable may make you weep"-Norman Fischer.
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Overview


Poetry. "If poems can be profoundly emotional - illuminating the persistently difficult zero of experience - these poems are. Precise, compelling, moving, simple, yet in places skirting the edges of what can be said, the writing in SYMMETRY feels absolutely necessary. Its toughness, honesty and eyes-open confrontation with the unnameable may make you weep"-Norman Fischer.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The surfaces of these poems shiver with a tensile strength. Although the language is simple and the topics vaguely commonplace (in the manner of Francis Ponge or Pierre Reverdy), Moriarty, here in her fourth book, manages to array across a single plane a poetry of sublime beauty, bewitching and strange. She invokes Marcel Duchamp's definition of symmetry to explain the book's title, and more than once the reader will be reminded of the artist's works on glass: "Painted sky/ Glass with vines wound/ Hell or heaven also painted/ Or silver lemon peeled." Although occasionally Moriarty stumbles into false profundities, her otherwise steadfast adherence to a quiet language builds a fine case for how complexities can be found in the simplest of arrangements. And the book's brilliant closing statement, "Diagram," tells exactly whereof this poetry is born: "inside all of one part/ Of one day going on . . . ." (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880713044
  • Publisher: Avec Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and in Northern California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley. She was the Director of the American Poetry Archives at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University for many years. She has taught at Naropa University and Mills College and is now the Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution. Her books include A TONALIST (Nightboat Books, 2010), A SEMBLANCE: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS, 1975-2007 (Omnidawn, 2007), ULTRAVIOLETA (Atelos, 2006), SELF-DESTRUCTION (Post-Apollo Press, 2005), NUDE MEMOIR (Krupskaya, 2000), THE CASE (0 Books, 1998), SPICER'S CITY (Poetry New York, 1998), SYMMETRY (Avec Books, 1996), L'Archiviste (Zasterle 1991), LIKE ROADS (Kelsey St. Press, 1990), and RONDEAUX (Roof Books, 1990).
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    1. Hometown:
      Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1979
    2. Place of Birth:
      Honolulu, Hawaii
    1. Education:
      B.S.W., University of Kansas, 1993; M.A. in English, University of Kansas, 2000

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