Time's Fancy (Pitt Poetry Series)

Time's Fancy (Pitt Poetry Series)

by Ronald Wallace
     
 

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Winner of the 1995 Banta Book Prize for a Wisconsin Author

Ronald Wallace is best known for his wit and good humor, his synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, his sensory immediacy, his accessibility, and charm. Now in Time's Fancy, his fifth collection, Wallace explores the tragic aspects of life more fully, fashioning a declarative poetry that

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Winner of the 1995 Banta Book Prize for a Wisconsin Author

Ronald Wallace is best known for his wit and good humor, his synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, his sensory immediacy, his accessibility, and charm. Now in Time's Fancy, his fifth collection, Wallace explores the tragic aspects of life more fully, fashioning a declarative poetry that is darker and deeper, more meditative and complex.

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 “Part of what sets Wallace apart from other poets who write about personal and family life is his virtuosity with complex forms. . . . Yet Wallace is no mere technician; he weds considerable formal command with grace, passion, intelligence and wit.”

Publishers Weekly

"Wallace writes a poetry accessible to the general reader: a flexible, idiomatic language capable of moving from lighthearted spoofing to grim pessimism, sometimes all in the same short poem."

—Fred Eckman

"Wallace has an inventive and witty imagination which takes him into all sorts of surprising directions. His work is not only sure in its craftsmandship, but humanly important in its subject matter in treatement. Best of all, it is exuberantly alive."
—Lisel Mueller

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Part of what sets Wallace apart from other poets who write about personal and family life is his virtuosity with complex forms. This collection provides ballades, canzones, sonnets and pantoums in abundance. Yet Wallace is no mere technician; he weds considerable formal command with grace, passion, intelligence and wit. The most effective poems are those that seem to offer the most effortless touch or the most unassuming subject matter. A sonnet about a bird's nest becomes an occasion to marvel at a small daily miracle, while a poem about a pair of skirmishing cats prompts a meditation on consciousness. Wallace is also an astute portraitist, capturing his subjects quickly, as in a sonnet sequence that recalls every gesture, vanity and tic of childhood teachers: Mr. Watts ``sat cross-legged on his desk,/ a pretzel of a man, and grinned/ as if chemistry were some cosmic joke.'' He is on less sure ground in poems about an anorexic daughter and in others about his father, evidently a deeply embittered sufferer of multiple sclerosis. Although artfully shaped, such revelations seem invasive, like a stranger's unwelcome confidence. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822955481
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Ronald Wallace is the author of numerous books of poetry, including: Long for This World: New and Selected Poems; The Uses of Adversity; Time's Fancy; People and Dog in the Sun; and The Makings of Happiness. His works of literary criticism include: God Be with the Clown: Humor in American Poetry; The Last Laugh: Form and Affirmation in the Contemporary American Comic Novel; and Henry James and the Comic Form. Wallace is Halls-Bascom Professor of English, Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry, and codirector of the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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