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Selected Poems of Barbara Guest

Barbara Guest

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ISBN 10: 1557132003 / ISBN 13: 9781557132000
Published by Sun & Moon Press, Los Angeles, 1995
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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8vo - over 7" - 9" Signed in full by author Barbara Guest on half title ("from Barbara Guest"). Exceptionally nice copy of the first edition, first printing, of this landmark colection by the Winner of thr Frost Prize. Jacket fine, book has only the faintest traces of shelfwear to corners. Bookseller Inventory # 00542481

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Title: Selected Poems of Barbara Guest

Publisher: Sun & Moon Press, Los Angeles

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of the poets works spanning her forty year career demonstrates how the writer has evolved to incorporate poetic trends and movements of the times

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When first published in the 1960s, Guest was associated with the New York poets, a group, including John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara, that was influenced by the art world's abstract impressionist movement. But, as this important selection demonstrates, in the 30 years since then Guest has evolved a style of her own, combining meta-poetical, impressionistic word painting with philosophical musings evocative of symbolists like Mallarme. With rich language and refracted line-breaks and stanzas, she achieves a distinct tapestry-like quality, an effect complemented by a poetic landscape often populated by medieval icons and royal figures. Earlier poems like "Sand" and "A Handbook of Surfing" offer language as a sensual experience; in selections from her most recent collections, Fair Realism (1989) and Defensive Rapture (1993), her interest in visual aesthetics (Guest regularly contributes to Art News) seems translated into poetry: "I/ created a planned randomness in which color/ behaved like a star" ("The Screen of Distance"). Very like beautiful abstract paintings, Guest's poetry defies literal interpretation, its language setting the "tone values" of subjects ranging from the color black to the loss of memory.
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