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Slow Joy (1989 Brittingham Prize in Poetry)

Stefanie Marlis

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ISBN 10: 0299123006 / ISBN 13: 9780299123000
Published by Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2544862568

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Title: Slow Joy (1989 Brittingham Prize in Poetry)

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:GOOD

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In Slow Joy, Stefanie Marlis’s first full length collection, the poems move across boundaries, across worlds, difficulties, and happinesses. The book’s persona and concerns—consciousness, suffering , and destruction, love, and death—are not unusual. What is, is that the collection as a whole breaks through pain and sorrowful histories and is finally uplifting, even redemptive, in the sense that prayers are redemptive. And the poems in their serious strength urge the reader to draw a parallel between poetry and the silent prayers monks believe redeem the world. Marlis writes poems that are potentially redemptive, at least for the poet. The poems in Slow Joy are wrought with animate imagery, with story, and with long running lines sprung with falling and rising sounds. Marlis’s poetry translates pain slowly into joy, or as the poet has written, “makes the bearable a gate.”

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Stefanie Marlis works as a free-lance copywriter and teaches poetry writing at San Francisco State College and the College of Marin. In 1981 she was awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and in 1985 a Creative Achievement Award from the Marin Art Council.

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