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Practical Water (Signed First Edition)

Brenda Hillman

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ISBN 10: 0819569313 / ISBN 13: 9780819569318
Published by Wesleyan University Press, 2009
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Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2009. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. A perfect unread copy. Flawless, never even opened except for signature. Signed, her name only, no inscriptions. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 5163

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Title: Practical Water (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry (2009)
Finalist for the Northern California Book Award for Poetry (2009)

Practical Water is, like Brenda Hillman’s previous two books, Cascadia and Pieces of Air in the Epic, both an elemental meditation and an ecopoetics; this time her subject is water: Taoist water, baptismal water, water from the muses’ fountains, the practical waters of hydrology from which we draw our being—and the stilled water in a glass in a Senate chamber. Not since Allen Ginsberg tried to levitate the Pentagon has American poetry seen the likes of the hallucinatory wit and moral clarity that Hillman brings to Washington in her poems about Congressional Hearings on the Iraq War. Here also—because it is about many kinds of power—is a sequence of twinned lyrics for the moon, governess of tides and night vision, for visible and invisible faces. Violence and the common world, fact and dream, science and magic, intuition and perception are reconfigured as the poet explores matters of spirit in political life and earthly fate. If it is time to weep by the waters of Babylon, it is also time to touch water’s living currents. No one is reimagining the possibilities of lyric poetry with more inventiveness; this is masterful work by one of our finest poets.

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BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of seven collections of poetry and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, the editor of The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (2003). She is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary’s College, and works with CodePink, a social justice organization against war. Hillman won the William Carlos Williams Award for Pieces of Air in the Epic.

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