The Red Line (Pitt Poetry Series)

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• Winner of the 1991 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry The Red Line would be worth reading for this honesty, an intensity and clarity of vision that can be the same as joy. . . . This is a greatly impressive collection, which recounts pain without pretending it can go away, without claiming there's nothing else."--American Book Review
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Overview

• Winner of the 1991 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry The Red Line would be worth reading for this honesty, an intensity and clarity of vision that can be the same as joy. . . . This is a greatly impressive collection, which recounts pain without pretending it can go away, without claiming there's nothing else."--American Book Review
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Most of the poems in Sholl's ( Rooms Overheard ) new collection focus on moments of high tension enacted amid the squalor of laundromats, burned-down houses and decaying boardwalks, with their prostitutes, abused children, derelicts and pimps. At one point she remembers, ``My mother used to ask why I collected / such people . . . ,'' and the answer seems to be simply that she feels a bond of sympathy and understanding with the alienated and the down-and-out. The title poem, for instance, begins by linking the speaker's sexual desire to the ``neon craving of a train.'' The red line, which stands for both the train route and her passion, leads to the observed image of a drunk ``spitting onto the third rail . . . ,'' his saliva gleaming like the lurching movement of light on a train's window, which she compares in the final line to ``a scorched rosary of light.'' Some of the images, however, remain undeveloped and unclear. This work follows a tradition of sorts--that of observations and meditations presented in the form of a private journal. Too often, unfortunately, the observations seem pat, as in the sweeping pronouncement: ``What we love too easily betrays us.'' (Dec.)
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Winner of the 1991 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry--selected by Ronald Wallace. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822937227
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/1992
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Real Faux Pearls 3
Thinking of You, Hiroshima 5
The Coat 7
The Distinct Call of the Alligators 10
The Y 12
A Girl Named Spring 14
Dawn 16
Lights Out 18
The Hospital State 21
Something to Say 23
Outside the Depot 25
The Argument, 1973 26
Midnight Vapor Light Breakdown 27
Sex Ed 29
"The Blues Is a Thief" 30
A Small Patch of Ice 32
You Figure It Out 34
Soup Kitchen 36
The Red Line 41
Pick a Card 43
144 Minden Street 45
Drifting Through This Pious Town 47
Bird Lady 48
24 Hours 50
Too Deep 52
Old Birds 54
The Feel 56
St. Mary's Blues 59
Three Wishes 62
Forget Your Life 64
Ladders and Ropes 66
The World Snow Posits 69
At the Aquarium 74
Into the Woods 76
Joining the Circus 77
Three Deaths 79
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