Beispielbild für diese ISBN

You've Just Been Told: Poems

Macklin, Elizabeth

4 Bewertungen bei Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0393048675 / ISBN 13: 9780393048674
Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company
Gebraucht Zustand: Fine Hardcover
Gebraucht kaufen
Preis: EUR 8,69 Währung umrechnen
Versand: EUR 4,21 Innerhalb USA Versandziele, Kosten & Dauer
In den Warenkorb legen

Angeboten von

Robinson Street Books, IOBA
Binghamton, NY, USA

4 Sterne

Heritage Bookseller

AbeBooks Mitglied seit 1996

Beschreibung

0393048675 First edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Buchnummer des Verkäufers BING33402

Anzahl: 7

Dem Anbieter eine Frage stellen

Bibliografische Details

Titel: You've Just Been Told: Poems

Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

Über diesen Titel

Inhaltsangabe:

In this collection, an only child's responses to the faits accompli of childhood come to the mind of the adult in the presence of change and grief.

Review:

Elizabeth Macklin's moments of clarity--those elusive bubbles that pass across our line of vision and bring emotional realization into magnified focus--come in short, sharp bursts. As a result, reading her poetry can be exhausting, but in an addictive way, as though one is taking jagged, intoxicating gulps of pure oxygen. The poems in her second collection, You've Just Been Told, seem to split reality apart for the reader and zoom in on the "single thread in focus, the stranded intended / margin." Existence, she goes on to tell us in "Detail from a Large Work," is seen in the small "pieces of what / it wasn't." Pursuing these paradoxical fragments, Macklin expertly separates life from our nebulous understanding of it--and pulls off a similar trick in regard to memory and loss.

Much of the first section, "Grammars of Attention," is heavy with grief. Macklin often fends off pain with detachment: "On a day like this, when I have no paper / and look for scraps, the sun sets early. / It's black at five." Self-consciousness also turns out to be a handy anaesthetic, as in "Foolishly Halved, I See You":

The white-green wheel of a sliced lime
after a day: so naturally dry,
and so protective of all its remaining
juice.
This is the quick thought so sly
of the classic survivor.
The past is relentlessly peered at and parsed. Yet Macklin is quick to admit that she's working with defective tools--i.e., language itself--and that "grammar / was a bad subject. It could always impale, / and repel, you with a concept."

The poems in the final section, "Persons Plural," are fittingly more inclusive of the reader: we're offered a chance at last to sneak in behind the poet's viewing lens. It feels as though grief has been moved to arm's length, and this extra distance offers a welcome respite. Yet we can't escape the close-up intensity of Macklin's gaze, even if (as she asserts in "Grace Cathedral Maze") such proximity has its own pitfalls: "Just thinking that we are close, in that poem, / moves us away." The correct focal length for meaning or melancholy is, of course, anybody's guess--but Macklin's attempts to find it leave us much the richer. --S. Ketchum

„Über diesen Titel“ kann sich auf eine andere Ausgabe dieses Titels beziehen.

Anbieterinformationen

Our offices and warehouse are located in Binghamton NY. All of our available books are on-line. We are not open to the public. Local buyers may make appointment to pick up items at our warehouse.

Zur Homepage des Verkäufers

Geschäftsbedingungen:

Robinson Street Books, 184 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY 13904
Email: info@robinsonstreetbooks.com Phone: 607-217-4328 Within USA: 800-
572-4416 Contact: Rhett Moran

All books are guaranteed to be as described. Books are returnable within 2
weeks. Please notify us before returning a book. All items are offered
subject
to prior sale. ALL AUTOGRAPHS ARE GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC, and if found
otherwise, may be returned by original purchaser, for full refund without
time limit. We accept ALL MAJOR CRE...

Mehr Information
Versandinformationen:

Shipping: Media Mail Shipping: $4.49 first book, $1.00 each other. Priority
$7.50 first book $3.00 each other. Some books and sets added postage required.

Alle Bücher des Anbieters anzeigen

Zahlungsarten
akzeptiert von diesem Verkäufer

Visa Mastercard American Express Carte Bleue

Money Order Bar PayPal