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The Ordinary Sublime

Waters, Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0938078941 / ISBN 13: 9780938078944
Published by Anhinga Press, 2006
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Title: The Ordinary Sublime

Publisher: Anhinga Press

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Poetry. "A powerful, sobering collection of poems by Patricia Waters. A failed marriage is the framework, though its real focus is on re-learning how to see "daily life" as the "ordinary sublime." Not surprisingly, the arts play a central role throughout these poems--Vermeer, Rothko, Hopper--sometimes comforting, sometimes terrifying, but always serving as a standard measure for the speaker's experience: this is the authentic. It may be discovered in "Morning Coffee" (a brutal poem) or exhibited in the wry lyricism of "Girl" ("By the basin lavender soap/makes soft and sweet the sad old flesh"). If there is a signature piece here, it may be "As Heard Early Morning National Public Radio," in which the coast guard "rescues" a woman found three miles off the coast of Florida, "swimming, strongly, steadily/away from shore." You'll have to read THE ORDINARY SUBLIME to see what happens. It was well worth the wait."--Arthur Smith.

About the Author:

Patricia Waters was born and reared in Nashville, Tennessee. She took her B.A. in history and English at what is now the University of Memphis. After completing several seasons in field archaeology in Europe, she returned to complete her M.A. in English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was a teacher, journalist, and community activist in Memphis and New Orleans. She returned to Livingston, Tennessee to rear her children, and later moved to Athens. While teaching at Tennessee Wesleyan College, a generous faculty grant, funded by the Pew Foundation, sent her to writers conferences in particular the Sewanee Writers Conference. Long association with the master teachers at Sewanee, particularly Howard Nemerov, Anthony Hecht, and Donald Justice were crucial to her development as a poet. She returned to UTK to complete her doctorate in English in 1998. After completing a post-doc year in the College of Education, she was writer-in-residence at the University of Tennessee libraries in 2003-2004. She lives in Athens, Tennessee.

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