Through his collections of poems Timothy Steele has earned the reputation as a highly regarded poet who continue to work in meter. This volume brings together 35 new poems that extend the scope and deepen the spirit of his previous work. While always faithful to the richness and complexity of experience, the poems in "The Colour Wheel" aim to be clear and accessible. They blend imaginistic detail and reflection and bring to contemporary subjects what Steele calls "the preservative virtues of formal care".
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In his third collection, Steele (Uncertainties and Rest) sounds a tone that is pleasantly reminiscent of the 18th-century: rational, clear and balanced. The tone accommodates a broad range of thought, play and form. Steele's natural sound here, effortlessly elaborated, is that of a hushed lyric with energy to spare. His decorum is flexibly contemporary, absorbing easily the jauntiness of Los Angeles in "Fae," and the regrets of a retired prizefighter in "Cory in April." Technically, Steele is superbly commanding, offering witty and subtle rhymes that lilt just slightly at the end of carefully metrical lines ("wind"/ "capuchinned"; "Merciful"/ "swell"; "his"/ "lettuces"). His technical esprit, in fact, is so impressive that one may be tempted to read the poems as abstracted formal expressions. But to do so would mean missing Steele's thematic range, from satirizing urge to wistfulness and a more profound consciousness of pain. He is also a deft portraitist (of women; of sea lions). The "moderating squeeze" of his aesthetic is both prudent and liberating.
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Advice To A Student
Anecdote Of The Sugar Bowl
Beautitudes, While Setting Out The Trash
California Sea Lion
Cory In April
December In Los Angeles
Education In Music
For My Sister
Her Memory Of The Picnic
Homage To A Carnegie Library
On Wheeler Mountain
Past, Present, Future
Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Child
Walking Her Home
Woman In A Museum
-- Table of Poems from Poem FinderŪ
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Book Description The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0801849519
Book Description The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 801849519