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The Woman Police Officer in the Elevator: Poems
     

The Woman Police Officer in the Elevator: Poems

by James Lasdun
 

With this, his second collection of poetry, James Lasdun consolidates his reputation as a writer of rich, emotionally charged poems of utter virtuosity. The poems in this book concern themselves with transformations, dislocations, and metamorphoses. Vividly rendered landscapes from Tuscany to New Jersey evolve into meditations on love, myth, and sexual and social

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With this, his second collection of poetry, James Lasdun consolidates his reputation as a writer of rich, emotionally charged poems of utter virtuosity. The poems in this book concern themselves with transformations, dislocations, and metamorphoses. Vividly rendered landscapes from Tuscany to New Jersey evolve into meditations on love, myth, and sexual and social politics. Woman Police Officer in Elevator is a rigorous and compelling mix of the classical and the cosmopolitan.

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Library Journal
In his second collection (following A Jump Start, Norton, 1989), the British-born Lasdun produces poems that may seem incredibly stilted to American ears, e.g., "you stand in the exfoliated green of your own past." Obscure classical references replace hard-won original imagery, e.g., "Pisano's virgin, or Berlusconi's belles." The volume's longest piece, a rhymed narrative bemoaning conservation-protected land turned into shopping malls and fast-food restaurants by a modern-day Erysichthon, does little more than trivialize its subject, presenting inanities such as the Iroquois woman who prays to "Demeter, Ishtar, Ceres." Such comic figures, in Lasdun's clumsy hands, are more appropriate to verse than poetry. Readers coming across this misplaced volume will be disappointed.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393040432
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.05(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

James Lasdun’s previous books include The Horned Man, named a New York Times Notable Book and The Economist Best Book of the Year. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in Shady, New York.

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