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 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.)
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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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  • 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)

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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