Stephen Ratcliffe Portraits & Repetition

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Portraits & Repetition

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Poetry. This major work of poetry, written with a form and texture reminiscent of musical score, takes its inspiration form Gertrude Stein's lectures on art and writing. "You can read them like pieces of sheet music, and though they appear to be simply painterly, they are ordered like abstract, mathematical notations. You hear what you want to see, and no one is there"—Fanny Howe. "This book stuns me every time I go back to it—it's so quiet, so calm, yet it accumulates into a tremendous presence based entirely in the senses"—Cole Swensen.

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Stephen Ratcliffe is a poet, professor, and publisher. His recent publications include: PAINTING (Chax Press, 2014), SELECTED DAYS: THE SELECTED POETRY OF STEPHEN RATCLIFFE (Counterpath Press, 2012), CLOUD / RIDGE (BlazeVox [books], 2011), CONVERSATION (Bootstrap Press, 2011), READING THE UNSEEN: (OFFSTAGE) HAMLET (Counterpath Press, 2009), REAL (Avenue B, 2007), and PORTRAITS & REPETITION (The Post-Apollo Press, 2002). He lives in Bolinas, California, and teaches at Mills College in Oakland.

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green plane of the ridge more bright than before, (position)

of sunlight in following line being what actually happens

how the mind turns back on itself, first person on the bench

(elsewhere) far away remembered in relation to others

reflections of landscape below sky in water (psychological),

shape of the person in blue smiling on the opposite shore

picture where the sound of driving begins, (order) on a road

between fields of thought and the inside edge of the page

one is writing for years a letter, or listening to the sound

(passing) of white birds landing in the field on the left

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