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March Book: Poetry (Signed First Edition)

Ball, Jesse

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ISBN 10: 0802141226 / ISBN 13: 9780802141224
Published by Grove Press, 2004
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New York: Grove (2004). First edition, first printing. Softbound, trade paperback original. There was no hardcover edition. New. A pristine unread copy. This incredibly talented author's first book, published while he was still in graduate school. The start to a stunning writing career, and he is still extremely young. SIGNED BY JESE BALL on title page in 2016, as makred. No inscriptions, just name and year. Bookseller Inventory # mb9

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Title: March Book: Poetry (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Grove Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition..

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March Book is a wonder and a revelation. A shockingly assured first collection from young poet Jesse Ball, its elegant lines and penetrating voice present a poetic symphony instead of a simple succession of individual, barely-linked poems. Craftsmanship defines this collection; it is full of perfect line-breaks, tenderly selected words, and inventive pairings. Just as impressive is the breadth and ingenuity of its recurring themes, which crescendo as Ball leads us through his fantastic world, quietly opening doors.

In five separate sections we meet beekeepers and parsons, a young woman named Anna in a thin, linen dress and an old scribe transferring the eponymous March Book. We witness a Willy Loman-esque worker who "ran out in the noon street / shirt sleeves rolled, and hurried after / that which might have passed" only to be told that there's nothing between him and "the suddenness of age." While these images achingly inform us of our delicate place in the physical world, others remind us why we still yearn to awake in it every day and "make pillows with the down / of stolen geese," "build / rooms in terms of the hours of the day." Like a patient Virgil, insistent and confident, Ball escorts us through his mind, and we're lucky to follow.

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