Pieces of Air in the Epic (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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Winner of the The Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award (2006)

In her newest poems, Brenda Hillman continues her exploration of nature and culture in ways that demonstrate her original place in experimental lyric traditions. Pieces of Air in the Epic is the second book of a tetrology that takes the elements—earth, air, water, fire—as its subject. As Hillman’s previous collection, Cascadia, explores “earth,” the present collection considers “air”—the many meanings of the word and the life-giving medium we breathe—to test a reality that is both political and personal.

These formally inventive poems reexamine epic and lyric, braiding fact and dream, the social with the self. Hypnotic, spare verses use air on the page as a matrix for cultural healing; some are presided over by a feminine presence and address war in human history, while others are set in streets, parks and wilderness. There are meditations on auras, dust motes, and reading in libraries as acts of restorative memory. This work fuses animist consciousness with cautionary prophecy, and belongs to the mode of H.D. and Robert Duncan. Hillman's poetry continues to explore ways in which human life might be redeemed by imagination.

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BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of seven books of poetry, all published by Wesleyan. She teaches at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

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Book Description esleyan University Press, 2007. Softcover. Condition: New. 104 pages. Softcover. New book. POETRY. Innovative lyric poetry breathes new life into 21st century nature and culture. In her newest poems, Brenda Hillman continues her exploration of nature and culture in ways that demonstrate her original place in experimental lyric traditions. Pieces of Air in the Epic is the second book of a tetrology that takes the elementsÑearth, air, water, fireÑas its subject. As Hillman's previous collection, Cascadia, explores "earth," the present collection considers "air"Ñthe many meanings of the word and the life-giving medium we breatheÑto test a reality that is both political and personal. These formally inventive poems reexamine epic and lyric, braiding fact and dream, the social with the self. Hypnotic, spare verses use air on the page as a matrix for cultural healing; some are presided over by a feminine presence and address war in human history, while others are set in streets, parks and wilderness. There are meditations on auras, dust motes, and reading in libraries as acts of restorative memory. This work fuses animist consciousness with cautionary prophecy, and belongs to the mode of H.D. and Robert Duncan. Hillman's poetry continues to explore ways in which human life might be redeemed by imagination. The Table of Contents of this book is as follows: Street Corner ¥ Thyme Suites ¥ Reversible Wind ¥ Air in the Epic ¥ [half-tractate] ¥ Green Pants & a Bamboo Flute ¥ [untitled psalm] ¥ The Value of Empty Protest ¥ Doppler Effect in Diagram Three ¥ Study of Air in Triangles ¥ Wind Treaties ¥ Altamont Pass ¥ [half-tractate] ¥ 6 Components of Aristotle ¥ White Fir Description ¥ Statueless Architecture ¥ The Corporate Number Rescue Album ¥ The E in Being ¥ [half-tractate] ¥ On Carmerstrasse ¥ Nine Unititled Epyllions ¥ [interruption] ¥ Your Fate ¥ Echo 858 ¥ Manzinita Description ¥ [untitled psalm] ¥ Clouds Near San Leandro ¥ An Oddness ¥ Silent Reading ¥ A Nextopia ¥ Library Dust ¥ Reference-Room Aura ¥ Dust Acolytes ¥ Fourth-Floor Hecatomb ¥ Brittle Economics Monographs ¥ Platonic Oxygen ¥ Restless Auras ¥ Dust Dialectical ¥ Epoch of Dust ¥ String Theory Sutra ¥ Summer Garden ¥ Mars Field Speaks to Vvedensky ¥ Eyes in Aspens ¥ Acknowledgments and Notes ¥ About the Author. "Were it not such a pun, one would be tempted to call this collection literally breathtaking; Hillman has pursued an ambitious program with remarkably fine-tuned language."ÑLibrary Journal (Key Words: Brenda Hillman, Poetry). book. Seller Inventory # 50713X3

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