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Messenger : New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 - Ellen Bryant Voigt

Messenger

New and Selected Poems 1976-2006

Paperback Published: 1st July 2008
ISBN: 9780393331448
Number Of Pages: 240

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A National Book Award Finalist. 'Genius. Voigt is a poet of knowledge, and knowledge in the living, messy world.'?Robert Pinsky, Washington Post Book World
To witness the maturation of a poet over time is one of the great pleasures of reading. Here Ellen Bryant Voigt gives us that narrative distilled and amplified, arranging selections from six previous volumes to culminate in transcendent recent poems.

Publishers Weekly

Consistently respected by her contemporaries, Voigt's quiet but often violently powerful poems of autobiography, pastoral and history have not always gained the broad attention they deserve. This seventh book (her first retrospective) may ensure that she gets it. Voigt's descriptive powers pop out first: a snake, for instance, is a 'wrinkle coming toward me in the grass.' Her anecdotes, scenic lyrics, parables and loosely structured sequences ask, however, to be judged for the ways in which they depict people-the poet, her husband, her sisters, their ailing and dying parents, or, in Kyrie (1995), the victims of the devastating flu epidemic of 1918. Voigt seems to know a lot about birds and bird-watching, and even more about the classical piano repertoire; these specialties further enliven the sensitive poems of domestic and wild spaces she has composed throughout her career, from a catalogue of birds early on to a recent 'redbird fixed on the branch like a ripe fruit.' Voigt's latest and most original poetry delves furthest into the human interior, finding-like a friendlier, warmer version of Voigt's longtime friend Louise Gluck-the hidden motives behind all human endeavor: 'the past,' she writes, 'is not a scar but a wound;/ I've seen it breaking open.' (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Genius. Voigt is a poet of knowledge, and knowledge in the living, messy world." Robert Pinsky, Washington Post Book World "Voigt is a seasoned poet in full confident stride." Sven Birkerts, The New York Times Book Review"

ISBN: 9780393331448
ISBN-10: 039333144X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st July 2008
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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