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Out of Iowa come two ambitious first books that combine collage, Continental philosophy and disjunction with unusually strong commitments to particular subjects. Robyn Schiff's Worth spins hyperarticulate verbal patterns and tragic (or melodramatically hinted-at) plots around the arts of jewelry, parfumerie, and fashion design. Schiff (who holds an MFA from Iowa and a degree in medieval studies) gives her poems titles like "House of Dior," "House of De Beers," "Chanel no. 5" -except for seven poems named after finches. In long quotations and glimmering descriptive phrases reminiscent at times of Cole Swensen, at other times of Lucie Brock-Broido, Schiff creates with disturbing ease a high-stakes, often hyper-aestheticized world of royalty, glass cases, and tormented souls: "Dear Tapestry-Master,/ Where does the Devil Finch nest in your design?/ Dearly Appointed Chef,/ I am dissatisfied."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877458203
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2002
  • Series: Kuhl House Poets Series
  • Edition number: 2002
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

House of Worth 3
Maison Cartier 6
Tiffany & Co 9
Chanel No. 5 13
House of Dior 16
House of Versace 19
Devil Finch 35
Good-Bye Finch 37
Vampire Finch 38
Vest-Pocket Finch 41
St. Lucia Finch 42
Woodpecker Finch 45
Industrial Diamonds 51
"Jade Cabinet and One Last Thing," Anonymous 52
A Sculpture in the Garden 53
At Shedd Aquarium 54
Gypsy Rose 56
Morikami Museum Garden 57
Women Contemplating Floating Fans (detail), 1625? 60
Imagination 61
Chantilly Lace 62
House of De Beers 64
Notes 75
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2002

    Inspired poetry

    Ms. Schiff is more than an accomplished poet, she's an inspired poet. Her writing is multifaceted and beautiful. Don't waste any more time reading this review, buy the book!

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