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The Fire Fetched Down

Bradley, George

Published by Knopf, 1996
ISBN 10: 0679446206 / ISBN 13: 9780679446200
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Title: The Fire Fetched Down

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.


Signed by Author 0679446206 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. Possible remainder mark discreetly placed on bottom edge. Bookseller Inventory # 001355

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Synopsis: As up-to-date as the current cosmography, as steeped in tradition as ancient agriculture, George Bradley's The Fire Fetched Down overflows with energy, humor, and intellectual curiosity. Readers will find the aesthetic detachment and technical proficiency they have come to expect of Bradley's work, but they will discover other, more immediate attractions as well. The poet sounds new notes in his new book, among them the bemused intimacy of "Ode to Absent-Mindedness" and the uneasy excursion of "Frug Macabre." From lyric outburst to contemplative essay, from myths of origin to postmodern manifestos, the work assembled here is of a heady variety in subject and style. Bradley does not lose his balance, though, and he manages to effect an equilibrium between inspection and introspection. By turns exuberant and wistful, informative and sly, The Fire Fetched Down is also serious fun. Bradley offers those most human of pleasures, the cultivation of language and the exercise of second thought. This is poetry intended to entertain in the largest sense of the word.

From the Back Cover: "George Bradley's The Fire Fetched Down earns its Promethean title, and helps persuade me that American poetry will go on maintaining itself as a high art even now and in worse days to come, when politicized bad verse (when it is even verse) is celebrated in the academies and in the media. Bradley, now fully individuated, has the cognitive power, the rhetorical gifts, the primal exuberance of language, and the spiritual vision, to develop into the Merrill or Ashbery of his own generation. Everything in The Fire Fetched Down will sustain, and reward, many readings."

-- Harold Bloom

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