Title: The Holyoke
Publisher: Boston: Northeastern Univ Press
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Small 8vo in tan/blue patterned stiff wraps. First Printing. Inscribed by author on half-title. Near Fine+/: rear cover has one very miniscule mark;text itself clean, crisp & bright. Introduction by Mary Oliver; xiii; 81pp. "What brought me back time and again to The Holyoke was a sense that these poems HAD to be written.(Gaspar) is speaking to the reader-but also to himself, or perhaps to some hazy divinity, or to the blue sky.I felt only the abiding impertive TO GET IT RIGHT. Which is, of course,what real writing is about." (from Oliver's intro.) Book is the 1988 Morse Poetry Prize winner. A fine copy of an impressive collection. #5006HBR. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-723618333
Synopsis: Poetry. THE HOLYOKE was the first collection of poems by one of America's distinctive voices in contemporary poetry. Here, Frank X. Gaspar establishes his landscape, his straightforward diction, his precise observation, and his loyalty to his roots-qualities never abandoned and developed throughout his later work. As a whole, the book can be read as an elegy to a lost word-one peopled with fishermen and laborers and wives and mothers, all adhering, to one degree or another, to an Old-World Catholic way of life. The old ones, the velhos and velhas, still speak in the old tongue and dream of the green hills of their Azorean homeland. That world has largely vanished, but it is not completely lost, for the poet keeps it alive, first in memory and then in art. THE HOLYOKE explores the small raptures and terrors, the jubiliations and laments, of a life both profoundly sensed and gracefully examined.
About the Author: FRANK X. GASPAR is the author of four books of poetry?The Holyoke, Mass for the Grace of a Happy Death, A Field Guide to the Heavens and Night of a Thousand Blossoms?as well as the novel Leaving Pico (UPNE). His writing has won numerous awards and prizes, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the 1988 Morse Poetry Prize, the 1994 Anhinga Prize, the 1999 Brittingham Prize, a California Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the California Book Award, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Award. Gaspar?s work has appeared widely in magazines and journals throughout the country, and he has been included in multiple editions of the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Born and raised in Provincetown, Massachusetts, he holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from University of California, Irvine. He now lives in Southern California.
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