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Ratcliffe, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0939691132 / ISBN 13: 9780939691135
Published by Avenue B, 2007
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Softcover INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to the first owner, in excellent, glossy, next-to-pristine condition (slightest handling). 474 pages. [2 lbs]. Bookseller Inventory # 066012

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Title: Real

Publisher: Avenue B

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Poetry. REAL, a long poem composed of 474 "frames" written in 474 consecutive days, continues the project Ratcliffe began in Portraits & Repetition (The Post-Apollo Press, 2002): to write down/"transcribe" perception of "real things" in the world as directly as possible, as they happen, before "conceptualization/ takes over." Attuned both to the presence and all-too-soon disappearance of "things" as such ("physicist noting/the pulse of light left the chamber before it even entered"), each 17-line page "frames and supports," as Juliana Spahr writes, "the poem's celebration of intimacy with both the natural and human world and its quiet, patient attentiveness to how luminous it all can be to those who just sit still and notice."

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Stephen Ratcliffe is a poet and critic whose most recent book is REAL, a 474-page book of poems written in 474 consecutive days (Avenue B, 2007). Previous books include PORTRAITS & REPETITION (The Post-Apollo Press, 2002) and SOUND/(SYSTEM) (Green Integer, 2002). LISTENING TO READING, a collection of essays on contemporary experimental poetry, was published by SUNY Press in 2000. He is also the author of Campion: On Song (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981). He lives in Bolinas, California, and teaches at Mills College in Oakland.

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