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First Language Juniper Prize Winner 19

Edward Kleinschmidt

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ISBN 10: 0870236997 / ISBN 13: 9780870236990
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Title: First Language Juniper Prize Winner 19


Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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This book is the winner of the 1989 Juniper Prize, the annual poetry award sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Press.

The poems in First Language do what Keats said poems must do: "surprise by a fine excess." Edward Kleinschmidt's words ricochet and deflect on their way to and from the heart. As the title suggests, these poems work from the source, that area of language, memory, and experience behind the operative meaning of words. Kleinschmidt dives into the layered implications of words for their limitless possibilities, to places that even those words had forgotten they had access to. He does so with a playful, astute intelligence and originality. He is the wild card in any deck of contemporary poets.

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Edward Kleinschmidt's first book of poetry, Magnetism, received the 1988 Poetry Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association. The volume was praised in The Massachusetts Review by Paul Jenkins, who wrote: "Kleinschmidt commits himself to an extravagance of wordplay, a wind shear of words, that carries him frequently beyond story and thought into realms of invention that can only be described as inspired. [These poems are] guided not by the logic of storytelling or even of feeling but by the force-field of language itself."

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