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This Is Not a Letter and Other Poems

Boyle, Kay

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ISBN 10: 0940650614 / ISBN 13: 9780940650619
Published by Sun & Moon Press, Los Angeles, 1985
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A clean copy of the First Trade Edition in a clean jacket with a tear to the spine panel. Errata slip tipped in. This copy SIGNED and INSCRIBED by Boyle! Signed as 'Kay'. Dated 1988. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 66 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 257792

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Title: This Is Not a Letter and Other Poems

Publisher: Sun & Moon Press, Los Angeles

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Book by Boyle, Kay

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At first glance, Boyle's latest verse collection is a sequence of poems written to, or in honor of, various friends, among them Samuel Beckett and James Joyce, whom she knew as an expatriate novelist in Europe. But the real connecting thread is the theme of death, the loss of one's friends, home, possessions, of one's life, and the need to come to terms with loss. The poet mourns the death of one of her students ("Return/ I say return/ I cry it under the tall campus trees"). She sketches a cameo of a "painter bent on suicide" ("You drive a hard-nosed, ungelded bargain/ with the times"). In lyrical travelogues she ponders the after-effects of an earthquake and tours a desolate 17th century village in the south of France. The sensitive music of her poems plumbs the fine line that separates hope and despair. Boyle ends on an optimistic note with this Shakespearean couplet: "Let it be courage that our tongues compose/ There being no refuge from the hurricane that blows." October 21
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