Loose Sugar

Loose Sugar

by Brenda Hillman

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Loose Sugar by Brenda Hillman

Loose Sugar is an alchemical manuscript disguised as a collection of poems, or vice versa. Either way, the primal materials of which this book is comprised — love, sex, adolescence, space-time, depression, post-colonialism, and sugar — are movingly and mysteriously transmuted: not into gold, but into a poet's philosopher's stone, in which language marries life.

Structurally virtuosic, elaborate without being ornate, Loose Sugar is spun into series within series: each of the five sections has a dual heading (such as "space / time" or "time / work") in which the terms are neither in collision nor collusion, but in conversation. It's elemental sweet talk, and is Brenda Hillman's most experimental work to date, culminating in a meditation on the possibility of a native — and feminine — language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819522436
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 03/21/1997
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

BRENDA HILLMAN teaches writing at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. Her other books, all published by Wesleyan, include Cascadia (2001), Death Tractates (1992), Bright Existence (1992), and Fortress (1989).

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Barbara Guest

“Time in Brenda Hillman’s poetry resembles loose sugar ground from the cane of Brazil, a vivid detail of her Brazilian childhood. It sifts through the ‘deep noticing’ of the poet as she matures in California. Memories (real or imagined) are gathered into highly ‘scenic’ poetics. I admire the way Hillman attaches a plumage (or energy) to her nude expressive details. I see Loose Sugar as part of the anatomy of the rare bird of ‘autobiographical’ experimentation.”

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