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Escape Velocity (Paperback)

Author: Weiner, Arlene

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The first of these poems imagines their ideal reader as a lover, who purrs, Im going to run my fingers/along your lines.//Yes, Im going to move my lips.//....Im going to read you/like youve never been read before. The last poem sees the intense play of dolphins that are harnessed weapons. Playfulness and intensity are the hallmarks of the poems in between. Serious fun: wit (sometimes caustic), wordplay, rhyme, even a sonnet or two, in the service of grief, anger, envy, passion, and finally joy. Arlene Weiner leads me, without guile, without sentimentality, quick quick cold cold into the past and back again. Clear-eyed as Elizabeth Bishop, who also has no use for melancholy wisdom, Weiner conjures images effortlessly; theres hardly a ripple in the water. Yet the bay full of dolphins is murderous. Friends die, of course, or, worse, turn you out onto an ice floe with just a purse of dried codfish and an oar. No matter Rather than using memory to preserve, Weiner would order up preserves and tropical fruits. I want to keep my favorite of these beautifully alert, surprising poems with me as I grow old. -Joy Katz, author of Fabulae and Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems *Author: Weiner, Arlene *Series Title: Ragged Sky Poetry *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 72 *Publication Date: 2006/02/01 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.00 x 5.00 x 0.17 inches

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Publisher Ragged Sky Pr
Mfg Part# 9780963309297
SKU 202255488
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0963309293
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0072
Publisher Ragged Sky Press
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