Tenderness

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Tenderness, her eighth volume, is a generous selection of fifty-seven poems written during the past eight years. Most of them have been previously published in literary journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, and TriQuarterly. The poems gathered here range from the lyric to the narrative and satiric, from a glimpse into childhood ("O Crayola!") to a woman's recollections of her adolescent experiences with men ("Sexy" and "Flirtation, July 1953"), from ...
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Overview

Tenderness, her eighth volume, is a generous selection of fifty-seven poems written during the past eight years. Most of them have been previously published in literary journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, and TriQuarterly. The poems gathered here range from the lyric to the narrative and satiric, from a glimpse into childhood ("O Crayola!") to a woman's recollections of her adolescent experiences with men ("Sexy" and "Flirtation, July 1953"), from an epiphany in a supermarket ("Tenderness") to sardonic reflections on an American obsession ("$") and a chilling dramatic monologue by a convicted sex offender ("Like Walking to the Drug Store, When I Get Out"). Joyce Carol Oates is at the height of her powers here.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is Oates's eighth volume of poetry, yet her voice still lacks the readily identifiable features that make her one of America's most distinguished novelists. Her narrative poems are particularly prosaic, posing the question as to why Oates didn't write such poems as stories. Many of the best pieces recall the adolescent girl of the 1950s, mixing concrete memoriesa family car ride ("Flirtation, July 1953"), the edgy teen-aged boy in "Sexy," the boy with his car, crayonswith less specific reflections on a sleepwalking child or impressions of the funeral of an infant cousin. The first two sections reflect and expand the volume's title, with an ironic hint of violence that pops up, for example, when a grandfather dangles the toddler over an open well. As autobiography recedes, so do craft and subject. Violence is more predominant: "He slammed me then I slammed him./ To turn the other cheek was great." There are some gems here, principally in the first two sections; other poems are banal.(Oct.)
Library Journal
Critics have given limited praise to Joyce Carol Oates's seven volumes of poems, perhaps because she doesn't treat poetry seriously enough for them. Her eighth collection will again disappoint those requiring formal, unflawed poetic craft. Oates transforms an album of painful dreams of childhood in upstate New York and "smokestacks, trashed autohulks, great American/ diesels" into a metaphor for "what we haven't known we've lost" in corporate, "wasted" society. Contemporary as street conversation, vivid as D.H. Lawrence (The Hostile Sun, her 1973 study of Lawrence, can be used as a guide to her work), she affirms Lawrence's "sweet acts of tenderness." Oates's best effects come from empathy for individual effort to achieve emotional wholeness. Tenderness is original, perceptive, and intensely personal. For all poetry readers.Frank Allen, North Hampton Community Coll., Tannersville, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865381032
  • Publisher: Ontario Review Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates
In a prolific and varied oeuvre that ranges over essays, plays, criticism, and several genres of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates has proved herself one of the most influential and important storytellers in the literary world.

Biography

Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most influential and important storytellers in the literary world. She has often used her supreme narrative skills to examine the dark side of middle-class Americana, and her oeuvre includes some of the finest examples of modern essays, plays, criticism, and fiction from a vast array of genres. She is still publishing with a speed and consistency of quality nearly unheard of in contemporary literature.

A born storyteller, Oates has been spinning yarns since she was a little girl too young to even write. Instead, she would communicate her stories through drawings and paintings. When she received her very first typewriter at the age of 14, her creative floodgates opened with a torrent. She says she wrote "novel after novel" throughout high school and college -- a prolificacy that has continued unabated throughout a professional career that began in 1963 with her first short story collection, By the North Gate.

Oates's breakthrough occurred in 1969 with the publication of them, a National Book Award winner that established her as a force to be reckoned with. Since that auspicious beginning, she has been nominated for nearly every major literary honor -- from the PEN/Faulkner Award to the Pulitzer Prize -- and her fiction turns up with regularity on The New York Times annual list of Notable Books.

On average Oates publishes at least one novel, essay anthology, or story collection a year (during the 1970s, she produced at the astonishing rate of two or three books a year!). And although her fiction often exposes the darker side of America's brightest facades – familial unrest, sexual violence, the death of innocence – she has also made successful forays into Gothic novels, suspense, fantasy, and children's literature. As novelist John Barth once remarked, "Joyce Carol Oates writes all over the aesthetical map."

Where she finds the time for it no one knows, but Oates manages to combine her ambitious, prolific writing career with teaching: first at the University of Windsor in Canada, then (from 1978 on), at Princeton University in New Jersey. For all her success and fame, her daily routine of teaching and writing has changed very little, and her commitment to literature as a transcendent human activity remains steadfast.

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When not writing, Oates likes to take in a fight. "Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost," she says in highbrow fashion of the lowbrow sport.

Oates's Black Water, which is a thinly veiled account of Ted Kennedy's car crash in Chappaquiddick, was produced as an opera in the 1990s.

In 2001, Oprah Winfrey selected Oates's novel We Were the Mulvaneys for her Book Club.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Rosamond Smith
    2. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 16, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lockport, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

Table of Contents

O Crayola! 3
Glimpsed from a Car, Quickly Passing 4
In Blue Nantucket 5
Flirtation, July 1953 7
The Thin Rain 9
Nightmare, So Sweet 10
The Bullfrogs 11
Off-Season 12
On This Morning of Grief 13
Once Upon a Time 14
Sexy 15
Tenderness 21
Prenatal 27
Island, 1949 28
Lost Creek 30
The Stone Well 32
Marsena Sportsmen's Club, 1957 35
Child Walking in Sleep 36
Snapshot Album 37
Undertow, Wolf's Head Lake 38
The Infant's Wake 40
Recurring Dream of Childhood 42
Flash Flood 44
Rise Up, O Men of God 45
Elegy: The Ancestors 46
The Lord Is My Shepherd I Shall Not Want 47
Nostalgia 48
$ 51
Orion 52
Recollection, in Tranquility 53
Insomnia 54
He Was Talking About His Friend 55
Hands, Prints, Time: A Collage 56
Upstairs 59
There Was a Shot 60
The Black Glove: A Rapture 61
American Holiday 63
Like Walking to the Drug Store, When I Get Out 64
Ballad of Ashfield Avenue 66
What Is Most American Is Most in Motion 68
Dakota Mystery, 10 May 1994 69
Frequent Flier I 70
Frequent Flier II 71
The Riddle 77
Motive, Metaphor 78
Burning Oak, November 79
The Insomniac 80
Old Concord Cemetery 81
Summer Squall, Monhegan Island 82
Hermit Crab 83
George Bellows' "Mrs. T. in Cream Silk, No. 1" (1919-23) 84
The Triumph of Gravity 85
Immobility Defense 86
To an Aged Cat Dying in My Arms 88
I Am Krishna, Destroyer of Worlds 89
Such Beauty! 90
In the Country of the Blue 91
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