Micrographia

Micrographia

by Emily Wilson

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Overview

Eight years after her revelatory first book, Emily Wilson deepens her focus and extends her vision in new poems of striking intelligence and originality. Venturing into landscapes both interior and exterior, Micrographia explores what Wilson calls “the complex rigged wildness” of geographical, emotional, and verbal states, a territory located “somewhere in that / enjambment within / a cave within the brain.” Following in the tradition of such poets as Dickinson, Bishop, and Ammons, Wilson’s work regards the mind as “enmeshed” with the natural world, always “at the hinge of going over.” Her way of speaking is as precisely calibrated and as restless as her way of seeing, and the terrain of Micrographia rises from a rich and unpredictable encounter with poetic language and form. At the same time, the voice of these poems is never less than urgent, “coming clear by the foment / moving through it.” 

Wilson’s eye travels the troubled boundaries between visible and invisible worlds, ranging from coastal Nova Scotia to the Andean highlands to Brooklyn’s industrial Gowanus Canal to the poet’s own backyard. Steeped in tradition but spoken in tones that are utterly distinctive, these intricate poems enter into the microscopic, micrographic spaces between words and things, between thinking and being.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587298516
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 137 KB

About the Author

Emily Wilson is the author of The Keep (Iowa, 2001). She holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

 Table of contents: 

I.
Fugitive
Morpho Terrestre
Interior
Small Study
Endemic
Camperdown Elm
Monadnock
Motif
Little Gothic
Event
Sunset: Rouen?
Growth and Form
Stereotype
Prospect
II.
Blue Hill
Poem
Picturesque
Little Discourse
Spring Intensive
Tableau
Coal Age
Monoprint
Round the Mountain
Zoetrope
Johnny Rotten’s Produce
Watercolor with Scraping-Out
Notchland
III.
Micrographia
The Yew
Pleasant Hill
Protea
Gray and Greens
Synthetic Figment
Fidelity
The Spruce
Spiral Bound
North
Red-Legged Kittiwake
Excursion

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