Tremble

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In this, her eighth collection of poems, C.D. Wright endeavors to penetrate the retina of fears that incessantly convene to blunt the vision required of us. While the poet sustains no delusions about achieving equilibrium outright, she nevertheless meticulously undertakes to construct an intimate, adamantine presence out of psychic peril. The vernacular architecture of Wright's poems continues to dispute the authorities, high and low, over means and measures of poetic production and presentation. With instruments...
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In this, her eighth collection of poems, C.D. Wright endeavors to penetrate the retina of fears that incessantly convene to blunt the vision required of us. While the poet sustains no delusions about achieving equilibrium outright, she nevertheless meticulously undertakes to construct an intimate, adamantine presence out of psychic peril. The vernacular architecture of Wright's poems continues to dispute the authorities, high and low, over means and measures of poetic production and presentation. With instruments no more exalted than "Just this water glass" and "this untunable spoon" she brings a bracing, idiosyncratic light into every frame. In Tremble, urban and rural sensibilities commingle in an ethical imagination to convoy the reader into unexpectedly moving experiences of perception. Throughout, as she says, "The left hand keeps it focused."
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With her opening words, Wright ( String Light ) introduces ``the body, alive, not dead but dormant.'' A few lines later, the body is asked to take off its panties. This sensual image of the would-be naked female pervades the volume, as the poet deftly uses repetition and slight variation to keep readers attentive to what might otherwise be a difficult book to follow. The work is predominantly in prose-poem form, and some of the clearest insights into Wright's process are contained within structured line breaks. Thus she looks longingly back at the old days, when bodies were naked, and insists that the same body that had refused to remove its panties ``has the right to remain naked.'' The body becomes pregnant; the moment of giving birth is hauntingly articulated: ``pressure of rock on the chest . . . tremendous fall of rock.'' Later, the nondescript voice says there was ``something about'' a country drive, a gas station, clothes found in weeds--alluding to rape and murder. While the structure of this long cyclical poem demonstrates Wright's affinities with the Language poets, her work might best be understood alongside female performance artists who direct attention to the body. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780880014588
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Floating Trees 3
Approximately Forever 6
So Far Off and Yet Here 7
Like Peaches 9
With Grass as Their Witness 11
Because Fulfillment Awaits 12
Autographs 13
And It Came to Pass 16
Girl Friend 18
Sonic Relations 19
Various Positions 21
The Shepherd of Resumed Desire 23
Oneness 25
Gift of the Book 27
Girl Friend Poem #2 28
A Series of Actions 30
Song of the Gourd 32
Lake Echo, Dear 34
On the Beach 36
What Keeps 37
Key Episodes from an Earthly Life 38
Girl Friend Poem #3 40
In a Piercing and Sucking Species 41
Crescent 43
Everything Good between Men and Women 44
Girl Friend Poem #4 46
The Iris Admits the Light the Iris Will Allow 47
Like Someone Driving to Texas by Herself 48
Morning Star 50
Like Rocks 52
Privacy 54
Girl Friend Poem #5 55
Ponds, in Love 56
Like Horses 57
Flame 58
Girl Friend Poem #6 59
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