David St. John Prism

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Prism

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Poetry. This book of new poems by David St. John includes fourteen vibrant photographs by Lance Patigian. One of the finest poetic craftsmen of his generation, David St. John has recevied regular and lavish praise from his contemporaries. Speaking of his poetry, Robert Hass has said, "It is not just gorgeous, it is go-for-broke gorgeous. It is made out of sentences, sweeping through and across his meticulous verse stanzas, that could have been written, for their velvet and intricate suavity, by Henry James. But that doesn't quite describe them, since they are also full, almost past ripeness, of a floating, sometimes painful, sometimes wistful, intense, dark and silvery eroticism that feels as if it comes out of some cross between late nineteeth-century symbolist lushness--vague and specific at once--and the kind of '60s and '70s European film that talked about eroticism with a wistfulness so intense that it seemed experience and the melancholy recollection of experience were the same th

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About the Author:

David St. John is Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He has published several volumes of poetry since his selection as a Yale Younger Poet.

Among his many awards and prizes are The Rome Fellowship in Literature and an Academy Award in Literature, both from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the O. B. Hardison Prize in Poetry from The Folger Shakespeare Library.

St. John is known to many poets and other readers not only through his books and university teaching, but through the workshops he conducts all over the country.

Review:

"... outstanding collection...memorable...reminiscent of the mystery and inspiration of modern art...Emotional, provocative, and stunning...unforgettable.." -- The Midwest Book Review, October 2002

Each poem here takes color as a singular text of light. And the light spreads...wonderful collection." -- Donald Revell, Interim, 2002

Pardon me, but this is a book of miracles...The gestures... alone belong to some knowledge Rilke learned from Rodin." -- Norman Dubie, poet

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