This collection of new, vividly narrative poems covers an astonishing range of subjects from Harlan County, KY, to Cambodia, to Nazi Germany. Poem by poem, Vivian Shipley captures the issues fundamental to our humanity in striking, memorable details.
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Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor and Editor of Connecticut Review, Vivian Shipley teaches at Southern Connecticut State University where she was named Faculty Scholar in 2000, 2005 and 2008. She has published eight books of poetry and five chapbooks. Hardboot: Poems New & Old received the 2006 Paterson Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement and the Connecticut Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing. She has received the Library of Congress s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community and the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. Other poetry awards include the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, the Marble Faun Poetry Prize from the William Faulkner Society, the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club and the Hart Crane Prize from Kent State. Raised in Kentucky, a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni, she has a PhD from Vanderbilt University and lives in North Haven, Connecticut with her husband, Ed Harris.Review:
Vivian Shipley s poetry is distinguished by how much of life and life s joyous energy it manages to convey. Alternately exhilarating and tender, her voice is expansive, inclusive and arresting. Ranging from Appalachian Kentucky to Soviet Russia, she does not merely capture the memorable particulars of the landscape, but always finds a genuine human story to tell. --Dana Gioia
The pantheon you meet in these vivid narrative poems covers an astonishing range from Charlotte Mew to the poet s Hardin County farmer-father to Vasyl Stus, a prisoner in Perm 36. These intelligent densely packed poems should be read slowly, the way you savor a good sherry. --Maxine Kumin
Vivian Shipley is, among her many distinctions, one of America s truly eminent poets of family. Unlike so many of her rootless contemporaries, she comes from identifiable (and complex and ultimately lovable) people, as they say in the South...which, like every landscape she touches, is itself complex and splendidly identifiable. In a word, to read this splendid writer s poems is to enter a veritable world, whose sadnesses are matched only by the abiding hope and compassion of its creator. --Sydney Lea
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Book Description Louisiana Literature Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0945083270
Book Description Louisiana Literature Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 128 pages. 9.10x6.10x0.70 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0945083270