The Calligraphy Shop

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The Managing Editor of Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ben Downing is a freelance writer of essays and reviews. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, Poetry Ireland, and The Yale Review. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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About the Author

The Managing Editor of Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ben Downing is a freelance writer of essays and reviews. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, Poetry Ireland, and The Yale Review. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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David Barber
Waggish one moment, mordant the next, and never at a loss for the mot juste, Ben Downing restores one's faith in the soulfulness of wit. His lexical verve - which includes a particular flair for the macaronic - is allied to omnivorous intelligence and formal aplomb, resulting in a piquant sensibility that makes its presence felt both through exuberant flourish and exquisite finesse. Yet for all their surface dazzle, these poems know their own center of gravity. Downing is a pundit of the humors and passions, a gimlet-eyed observer of endearing oddities and teasing paradoxes, and a connoisseur of serendipities that play out in, as he puts it, 'earthly links and eldritch parallels.' The Calligraphy Shop is an emporium of artfully eclectic wares and a treasury of reckonings.
David Yezzi
Debut collections of such marked excellence do not come along very often. Ben Downing's poems offer the distinctive music of a voice fully formed and an integrated sensibility that combines thought and feeling in memorable speech. Unfashionable and lovely, these poems will be read when the fetid swamps of much contemporary verse have been drained away.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932023091
  • Publisher: Zoo Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 46
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents

No rosetta stone 1
Tempocide 2
On first looking into Bate's life of Johnson 3
Saudades 7
Inshallah 8
One green stone 9
Little palinode 10
Pangur blah 11
The mixer 12
Prothalamion 15
Two husbands 16
Fontanelle 18
Pieces of Pangaea 20
Aeolian kazoo 21
Bicoastal 23
An amateur barbarian 24
The beauty of coincidence 25
The civil wars 27
Hiroshima without adjectives 28
Manhattan piscatory 29
Onomathesia 30
The English are so nice! 31
Black book 32
Sortes Virgilianae 33
The sideways Medusa 35
The aged phoenix 36
The new Parnassians 37
From the republic of women 38
Fermat's last theorem 39
Scruples 41
The calligraphy shop 42
Notes 46
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