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The Chain : Phoenix Poets - Tom Sleigh

The Chain

Phoenix Poets

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780226762418
Number Of Pages: 104

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"After One" and "Waking" established Tom Sleigh as one of the most original and accomplished poets in contemporary America. In "The Chain," Sleigh explores the nature of memory--its uncanny ability to recast events in contradictory ways as it links individual lives to history. The poet reveals the ways in which the individual consciousness, alternately resisting and embracing its ancestral legacy, seeks to transform, in order to comprehend, the meaning of cultural inheritance. In a series of elegies, portraits, and love poems, he movingly dramatizes the ambiguous nature of truth and the difficulties the moral imagination must overcome in recalling, understanding, and judging the past. The publication of "The Chain" confirms Tom Sleigh's place among the most imaginative, unpredictable, and formally sophisticated poets of his generation.
"Tom Sleigh's precision marks him as the diamond cutter of poetry; his verse has a tense musicality, and his ability to convey exact emotions, even the state of consciousness itself, is unerring."--"The New York Times Book Review," Notable Books of the Year, 1990-1991

Acknowledgments
Invocation Lamentation on Ur The Word The Tank Child's Drawing: "Boy Holding a Ball at a Funeral"
In the Park The Safety of Sunday Under the Mountain
The Line Song Crossing the Border
The Denial Terminus
The Appointment
The Death Radio Great Island
The Dolphin's Dream For a Young Painter
The Octopus
The Library Shame A Western Eclipse
The Perspective Some Larger Motion
The Canoe
The Climb
The Distance Between
The Web
The Work
The Souls
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ISBN: 9780226762418
ISBN-10: 0226762416
Series: Phoenix Poets
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 2

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