Resurrection Update: Collected Poems, 1975-1997

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The complete works of an extraordinary poet who consistently refines the notion of what constitutes an American sound.

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James Galvin is both a rancher in Wyoming and on the permanent faculty at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of six books of poems, an acclaimed memoir The Meadow, and a novel.

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Galvin's poetry has always been quirky perceptions, statements made or pronouncements uttered, then clarified through a non-sequitur hodgepodge of oddly turned phrases. His poetry is one of thesis, then evidence to round out his theses, a strategy that works only in every other poem. The reader breaks through, perhaps even relishes, "The industry of flowers/Is dying young," or "The pier is less like a bridge than a well,/Since it leads to water." The reader also cheers his "Indirective," a take-off of Robert Frost's "Directive," or the unadorned "Old Men on the Courthouse Lawn, Murray, Kentucky," the title itself directing the poet to be clear. On the whole, however, Galvin's dazzling invention confuses, rather than enlightens, and his audience dwindles halfway through twenty-plus years of writing. While we laud him for intellect or poetic ambition, we also scratch our heads to such visions as: "Wherewithal, arrested moments,/ The throes of demysitification, /Morality as nothing more/Than humility and honesty, a salty measure." -- From Independent Publisher

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