Weighing Light available in Hardcover
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The fifth winner of the annual New Criterion Poetry Prize is Geoffrey Brock's Weighing Light. From the glinting scales in a painting by Vermeer to the white lines that disappear beneath a headlight's beam, Mr. Brock's poems measure out the often elusive weights and distances of the known world, confronting the unruly powers that threaten his burnished surfaces. His acute observations of landscape and of the smallest gestures that pass between people give rise to affecting human dramas both stark and deeply felt. Once read, his keen perceptionsall the more striking for the expertly cadenced music of his language and his supple use of poetic formwill be long remembered.
About the Author
Geoffrey Brock's poems have appeared in the Hudson Review, Poetry, PN Review, New England Review, and 32 Poems, as well as in several anthologies. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Disaffections, his translation of Cesare Pavese's poetry, was named one of the "Best Books of 2003" by the Los Angeles Times and received both the PEN Center U.S.A. Translation Award and the MLA's Lois Roth Translation Award. He has also translated books by Roberto Calasso and Umberto Eco. Mr. Brock earned an M.F.A. from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is now on the faculty of the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. His website is www.geoffreybrock.com.
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"I admire Weighing Light intensely...[Geoffrey Brock's poems] may weight light, but they strike hard."
"Brock's poems are delightful in ways which are all too rare nowadays."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this masterly book of poetry, award-winning translator Geoffrey Brock hands us the poignant surprise like it's second nature. He recognizes an impending love or inevitable death just in time or a moment late. He sees the world clearly even when he'd rather not, and admits it. He knows the power of a glance, a craving for that dessert, a snake turned sadly into a stick, and all the hilarious things found by brooding, compassionate eyes in a world that's not all bad.