Heathen

Heathen

by Lesley Wheeler

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Heathen by Lesley Wheeler


Poetry. "In Lesley Wheeler's exquisite debut collection, HEATHEN, the otherworldly flit among the actual like imaginary chameleons in real gardens. The dwarves of Eden think it's a stable and refuse to touch the wine: 'Gah,' they cry, 'it's dung' ('Religious Education'). Marianne Moore, hired to teach typing at the Carlisle Indian School, feels 'false as a New World chameleon' and sows 'sedition' in the Business Department until it's closed down ('A Place for the Genuine'). And in the wondrously rhymed quatrains of the title poem, a son fits his ear to his mother's 'so that the god in your head can talk / to the god in mine. I hear a forest / creak like the binding of a book' ('Heathen'). Wheeler strikes an impossible balance between the wildly witty and tenderly elegant detail. Heathen is sheer magic"--Cynthia Hogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981501093
Publisher: C&R Press
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Lesley Wheeler is Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where she teaches classes in twentieth-century poetry, American literature, and creative writing. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Scholarship Girl (Finishing Line, 2007), and co-editor, with Moira Richards and Rosemary Starace, of the anthology Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv (Red Hen, 2008). Her scholarly publications include Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present (Cornell, 2008) and The Poetics of Enclosure: American Women Poets from Dickinson to Dove. Wheeler has held fellowships from the Virginia Commission from the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities

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