A Short History Of The Island Of Butterflies: Poems

Christopher, Nicholas

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New York. 1986. Viking Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Small Tears. 39. 81 pages. January 1986. hardcover. Jacket painting by Henri Rousseau - 'The Flamingoes'. 0670808997. keywords:. inventory # 23891. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Nicholas Christopher’s first book of poetry, ON TOUR WITH RITA, established him, in the words of Anthony Hecht, ‘as a major poet of his generation, and. eminently one of the most gifted.’ This second collection delivers on all the promise of the first. Crafted with a masterly elegance and brilliance that recall the work of John Ashbery or James Merrill, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ISLAND OF BUTTERFLIES displays a lush and vivid imagery that nonetheless never appears indulged in for its own sake. Although most of these poems are what one would properly call lyric, a surprising number display a dramatic and narrative tension that is rare among lyric poets, and others express a vision that is both dark and magical. Yet Christopher’s voice is original and versatile-he is as at home with the stark urban landscape as he is with the sunny Mediterranean-and with this collection it takes on a truly distinctive edge. Nicholas Christopher was born in 1951 in New York City, where he now lives, and was educated at Harvard College. His first book of poems, ON TOUR WITH RITA, was published in 1982, and his novel, THE SOLOIST, was published this year. His poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Grand Street, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, and The Paris Review In 1985, he was awarded the Amy Lowell Travelling Fellowship. He has traveled widely and taught at several universities. He is currently Adjunct Professor of English at New York University. . Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Small Tears. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Poems consider the night, mortality, the past, writers, sunlight, winter, travel, love, politics, memory, and blizzards

From Publishers Weekly: While Christopher's second lyric collection is as bright and scintillating as his 1982 On Tour with Rita, he relies less on cleverness and more on skill in imagemaking for its effects. Christopher has a marked taste for the exotic, whether Paros, Verona, Albania or the imaginary island of the title. Even the Middle American prairie land of "Sunday, Looking Westward" takes on a strange light and coloration under his scrutiny, just as his "Public Gardens" has a Rousseau-ian aspect. At home in his native Manhattan, "I could be in Atlantis, plunging to sea-bottom/ atop a mass of towers and rubble . . . Or what I think I see already may have disappeared,/ transposedlike Rome's powerto Byzantium. . . . " He cast himself in the role of the traveler who must "pay close attention/ to the intricate landscapes unfolding/ beyond the eye." The poetry is lush and adventurous. Christopher is both original and gifted. U.K. rights: Viking Penguin; translation rights: Melanie Jackson. January
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Publication Date: 1986
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