Approximate Desire

Approximate Desire

by Russell Thorburn

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Approximate Desire by Russell Thorburn

The poems in Russell Thorburn's Approximate Desire are full of lush precision and gentle grace. These poems travel far in place and time, displaying an astonishing range while grounding themselves in subtle, impressionistic landscapes. Cocteau, Apollinaire, Einstein, Ty Cobb—you never know who's going to show up, but it's clear that everyone is comfortable here on these pages. I love the quiet dignity of these poems. When I read this book, I felt someone's hand over my heart." —Jim Daniels "The achievement of Approximate Desire is more than considerable; it is indispensable. These are poems of deep compassion and remarkable vision, and I was both haunted and sobered by the ways in which sorrow finds its equivalent in love, and vice versa. An original and fully engaging debut collection of the first order." —Jack Driscoll

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780932826800
Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Series: New Issues Press Poetry Series
Pages: 70
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

RUSSELL THORBURN was born in Birmingham, Michigan. Such journals as Third Coast, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, and The Quarterly have published his work. He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1998), the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, ArtServe, and PEN/American. He has taught poetry to prison inmates, and worked with emotionally impaired students. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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Jack Driscoll

“The achievement of Approximate Desire is more than considerable; it is indispensable. These are poems of deep compassion and remarkable vision, and I was both haunted and sobered by the ways in which sorrow finds its equivalent in love, and vice versa. An original and fully engaging debut collection of the first order.”

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