Western Art

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In her seventh book of poetry, Debora Greger walks out of art history class and into Europe, even to the edge of Asia. A night wedding in Venice, an encounter with a girl on an aqueduct in Istanbul, a walk into the emptiness of the Florida prairie, standing before a Rembrant or a tomb in Ravenna-these portraits of travel reveal a poet never at home even when home. Debora Greger's poems love the accident of discovery; she is a poet whose intimacies are expressed in whispers, ...

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Overview

In her seventh book of poetry, Debora Greger walks out of art history class and into Europe, even to the edge of Asia. A night wedding in Venice, an encounter with a girl on an aqueduct in Istanbul, a walk into the emptiness of the Florida prairie, standing before a Rembrant or a tomb in Ravenna-these portraits of travel reveal a poet never at home even when home. Debora Greger's poems love the accident of discovery; she is a poet whose intimacies are expressed in whispers, whose secrets come in sidelong glances.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143034216
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Penguin Poets Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,397,371
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Debora Greger is a poet and professor who has won grants and awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim foundation. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and Paris Review.

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Table of Contents

Parisian scenes 3
The palace at four a.m 8
Portaits : self and other 10
In the hide 14
Amy in the afterworld 16
London elegies 18
The mosaic of creation 29
Passiontide 32
Sacra conversazione 36
The night wedding 37
The Trompe l'Oeil of history 38
The dead and the live lagoon 40
Venice despoiled by time 51
Patron saint of lost things 53
In the late Holy Roman Empire 54
Flying to Byzantium 56
The golden horn 57
The girl on the aqueduct 61
Eurydice in Istanbul 62
Woman of the tar pits 67
Poetry and sleep 69
Prince of the powers of the air 71
Letter to a later Roman 73
The Latin doctors of Archer City, Texas 75
Annunciation, with missing panel 77
A walk in the unconscious 79
The alligator bride and groom 81
To an empty case 82
Birds of America 84
Falling asleep over the inferno 91
On the Oregon Trail 92
In the sixties 94
The male model 95
On Capitol Hill 96
Early man 98
Musee des Beaux Arts 100
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