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Unfinished Painting (Mint First Edition)

Salter, Mary Jo.

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ISBN 10: 0394574176 / ISBN 13: 9780394574172
Published by Knopf
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Dan Pope Books (West Hartford, CT, U.S.A.)

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NY: Knopf (198_). First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket. A pristine unread copy. With announcement card. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 867

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Title: Unfinished Painting (Mint First Edition)

Publisher: Knopf

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition....

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From Publishers Weekly:

A sidewalk painter who refuses to hurry his rendition of the Birth of Venus though it threatens to rain, the late-night crying of a daughter, the unexplained suicide of a friend: Salter's ( Henry Purcell in Japan ) perceptions in this Lamont-winning collection are both accomplished and deeply felt. The poet studs the path to an emotional and mental realm with earthly and physical markers. In "Spring Thaw in South Hadley," the "long scissors of the sun" send snow crashing from rooftops, and the passage from winter into spring is both violent and triumphant, evoking "a sacramental joy." In the title poem, a man recognizes his mother in a painting she made of him, seeing "in his flushed face how she'd / re-created there what rose / and fell in hers." The narrator of the autobiographical "Dead Letters" reads mail still being sent to her late mother, cares for the plants that were in her room when she died, and yet tries to communicate: "I send / more letters, Mother--these despite / the answers you can't write." Salter's silver tongue conveys an oblique but unflinching approach to ever-vital issues--the passing of time, the perseverance of love and memory.
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