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Corridor: Poems

Corridor: Poems

by Saskia Hamilton


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"Hamilton is able to sustain a complex narrative through stripped-down poems . . . leavened by a wry humor." —The New York Times Book Review

I wanted to read an essay in your wrist.

The afternoon seemed endless. Out the window,

a lane to the right was bending away,

taking with it the figure moving down it.

Alone for a quarter of an hour,

looking in, plotting the argument,

all the marks of lucidity

and brevity in that attempt,

that benefit of rhetoric:

the true but unlikely moment.

—from "Summered"

Corridor, Saskia Hamilton's third collection, is a study of motion and time. Its glanced landscapes, its lives seen in passing, render the immeasurable in broken narratives. These poems are succinct in order to travel quickly—they have unexpected distances within their reach. They are dauntless and alert in their apprehension of the natural kingdom at the frontier of so many unnatural ones. And they inhabit the realm of contemplation which, for Hamilton, is charged with eros.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555976750
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 815,831
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Saskia Hamilton is the author of two poetry books, As for Dream and Divide These; editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell; and coeditor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. She teaches at Barnard College.

Table of Contents


Night-Jar 5

Thaon 6

Spiral 7

Messenger 8

Fare Forward 9

Flatlands 10

In the Fall 11

Suspension 12

Compass 13

Inroads 14

Flatlands 15

Classical Experiment 16


Once 19

Rain Begins 20

From a Letter 21

Increase 22

En Face 23

Wintered 24

House Tour 26

To Admit 27

Ivor Gurney 28

Whorls by Bike-Lamp 29

Concertgebouw 30

Asleep Awake 31

Disuse 32

Apartments 33

On. On. Stop. Stop. 34

Leave 35

Open Country 36

Photograph: Paestum, c. 1860, Anonymous 37

II to III 38

On the Ground 39


In the Corridor 43

Men and Sheep 45

Zwijgen 46

Cover 47

Milk Street 48

Summered 49

An Essay on Total Colony Collapse 52

An Essay on Perspective 53

Eaves 54

Field Experiments 55

Faring 61

Night-Jar 62

After Gemini secgað 65

Notes & Acknowledgments 67

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