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Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems
     

Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems

by Alice James Books (Manufactured by), Donald Revell
 

For over 20 years, Donald Revell has used the pastoral as a tool of protest/revolution against violence and war and as a guide to peace, arguing for personal, natural and political growth in precise, delicate lyrics. Pennyweight Windows: New and Selected Poems includes a powerful new group of poems and much of the finest work from Revell’s eight

Overview

For over 20 years, Donald Revell has used the pastoral as a tool of protest/revolution against violence and war and as a guide to peace, arguing for personal, natural and political growth in precise, delicate lyrics. Pennyweight Windows: New and Selected Poems includes a powerful new group of poems and much of the finest work from Revell’s eight previous collections. Strong political and antiwar themes make this collection highly relevant to today’s most important cultural and political debates.

Poet, translator and critic

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW said last year that Revell was due for a career retrospective, and this ample and almost shockingly varied cull of poems from eight books rewards that call richly. New readers can watch a brilliant writer retain his talent but change his style, and his prevailing temperament, almost beyond recognition. Revell began as a disenchanted urbanite, reflecting his Bronx upbringing and his academic training in the convoluted sentences and increasing dejection of his first three volumes, culminating with 1990's appropriately titled New Dark Ages. With Beautiful Shirt (1994) Revell began to abandon his bleak pentameter musings for even more cryptic, but more optimistic, short lines, informed and infused by Christian mysticism: "A leaf is the shape of God/ torn apart." The poet's relocations to Utah and Nevada, and the life he made there with his wife (the poet Claudia Keelan) and their son, make his most recent verse also his happiest and his most accessible, with links to his avant-garde peers but also to the luminous directness of James Wright. Fans of Revell's My Mojave (2003) will also enjoy the confident and generous new poems at this volume's close, in which "We are not make-believe, and God is one of us." (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Revell's (My Mojave) poems serve almost as a bridge between the classical imagination and modern poetry, offsetting broad themes such as heaven, hell, nature, and love with a contemporary pessimism: "I believe in one God, and He has never yet/ created me." Revell is that rare poet who can arrive at original observations by dealing with universal cliches. Using history, mythology, and contemporary events as a backdrop, he tries to balance a public, nearly didactic voice with a personal and revealing one. This works better in some poems than in others-a few linguistic experiments fall short, and many of the longer poems tend to ramble. Still, this readable and well-edited collection-mostly culled from eight previous collections, with some new poems added-is a good representation of Revell's work. Highly recommended.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly with Soho Weekly News, New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"It takes guts to write more poems about peace, war, God and children, but Revell's are so fresh, it's as if he's the first person ever to do it."-Time Magazine

“Revell is a writer of singular talent and ambition . . . he takes the reader to unfamiliar and strange places and, in the process, he creates some of the most beautiful poetry in our language.”—Harvard Review

"To read this selection from Donald Revell's 20-plus years of making poems is to witness the evolution of both an individual poet and the poetics of an entire era."-Boston Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882295517
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Pennyweight Windows

New & Selected Poems
By Donald Revell

Alice James Books

Copyright © 2005 Donald Revell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781882295524


From The Pennyweight Woods

I ran into the woods to find the red house.
But what is the use of a house without
A planet to put it on? I mean, without Peace?
Until the armies disperse,
It is better to cook my food with broken glass
Than with fire.

The black & white cinema wants to know
Where have they taken our Lord?
The beetle asks the flowers at Beauvoir,
Where?

Change is change.
Here is my eye when I was a baby.
It is clean for you now
And for the rest of the family
Helping the sunshine over there.



Continues...

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Meet the Author


Poet, translator and critic Donald Revell has authored ten previous collections of poetry. Winner of a 2008 NEA Translation Award, the 2004 Lenore Marshall Award and two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Award in Poetry, Revell has also been awarded the Gertrude Stein Award, the Shestack Prize, a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. Currently, he is a professor of English at the University of Utah, poetry editor of the Colorado Review and a columnist for American Poetry Review.

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