Thinking the World Visible (Yale Series of Younger Poets)

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The winning volume in the 1993 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Thinking the World Visible, by Valerie Wohlfeld. As James Dickey, distinguished poet and judge of the competition, has said, "Valerie Wohlfeld's words give the sense of a poet whose mind has been suddenly freed and is active in a new way. My impression of her is as a spirit-woman, a female shaman or Eve who takes power over the natural world by naming it, using the same words that have always served but with her own truly imaginative angle of vision."
 

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Valerie Wohlfeld, born in Sacramento, California, in 1956, spent portions of her childhood in American Samoa and Ecuador. She was educated at American University and Sarah Lawrence College and received an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1983. Wohlfeld's poems have appeared in a number of periodicals, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Pequod, Agni Review, and Western Humanities Review.

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Several impulses are at war in this first book. Wohlfeld, a talented poet and winner of the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, establishes certain archetypes as significant for her: sea, moon, Eve, the body. When she writes of these using straightforward images, her verse is original and moving. In "The Uccello" she links Leonardo's interest in flight with the experience of the human embryo. In "The Philosophy of Anatomy," one of her strongest poems, she etches imagery with simple language: "Should I say of the heart: weed/rooted in lung?" But in poems such as "Partial Pages from a Guidebook of Travel to Be Found among the Lost Notes of Copernicus," the writer seems to eschew powerful compression as a strategy. The language veers toward the fantastic without making clear its meaning. Elsewhere, her reach for an exotic vocabulary undermines Wohlfeld's writing; her word placement can seem capricious. She finds a "middle ground" of rhetorical power in "Sea" and other poems. Wohlfeld's gifts are considerable; she will not be for long "a fruit/ indiscernible to itself."
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