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Publisher: Macmillan Company
Publication Date: 1986
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
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First edition. 1985 Walt Whitman Award. Compliments card from Academy of American Poets laid in. Fine in dust jacket. x , 54 pages. cloth-backed boards, dust jacket.. 8vo..From Library Journal:
Bindweed was chosen by Anthony Hecht as the 1985 winner of the Walt Whitman Award. These 24 poems, set mostly in the natural world, seem all cool surfaces; but the tension between what is and isn't said is almost palpable. Balk's best poems are like rooms "draped" by silence, where even the slightest sounds reverberate with what's absent. Elegaic in tone, her verse is about what's missing, about loss: "His absence is a gouge in the snow/ Scooped between the spruce trees." Anguish is counterbalanced by Balk's remarkable attention to detail, precise diction, and restraint: "He pulls you out/ and yanks out your bones. One by one, he hollows/ each bone out, whittling the longest one/ into a flute. He presses his mouth against you." Highly recommended. Robert Hudzik, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
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