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Ants on the Melon, A Collection of Poems

Virginia Hamilton Adair

ISBN 10: 0679448810 / ISBN 13: 9780679448815
Published by Random House Inc, New York, NY, 1996
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Ants on the Melon, A Collection of Poems by Virginia Hamilton Adair. Published by Random House Inc, New York, NY, 1996. 1st Edition. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Size 8vo. Condition: As New in Fine DJ. 158 Pgs. ISBN 0679448810. LCCN 95-25977. Some of the poems that appear in this work were originally published in various periodicals. Description text copyright 2001 BooksForComfort. Item ID 4776. Bookseller Inventory # 4776

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Title: Ants on the Melon, A Collection of Poems

Publisher: Random House Inc, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st edition.

Book Type: book

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Already singled out by The New York Times and the subject of a feature in The New Yorker, Virginia Adair has, after decades of shunning book publication, decided to collect eighty of her best poems in a volume that will surely be hailed as among the most accomplished works of our time.

Ants on the Melon includes poems that concern the author's childhood, that explore sensuality in candid terms, that starkly treat her husband's suicide and her own blindness, and that explore both her own emotional landscape and the universal mysteries of the human condition. Technically brilliant, using strict, classical prosody, yet entirely modern in sensibility, Virginia Adair's poetry will play a central role in the ongoing American poetry renaissance.

Review:

There is a fairy tale quality to the appearance of this book of poems by Virginia Hamilton Adair. Although she has been publishing poetry for six decades, this is the first collection from a writer who is now in her 80s and is blind due to glaucoma. But for all that she has been through (including the suicide of her husband, historian Douglass Adair, some 30 years ago), there is a modesty and wryness to her work. From "Ants on a Melon," the poem that gives this collection its name, to "The Dark Hole," which tackles Hiroshima and the atom bomb as its subject, her poems are always finely wrought and highly original.

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