The Little Death of Self: Nine Essays toward Poetry - Poets on Poetry (Hardback)Marianne Boruch (author)
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Boruch's intrepid curiosity led her to explore fields of expertise about which she knew little; then, perhaps through her reading, observation, and conversations with thoughtful people, she knew enough to be forgiven for delving into areas such as aviation, music, anatomy, history, medicine, photography, fiction, neuroscience, physics, anthropology, painting, and drawing. There's an addiction to metaphor here, an affection for image, sudden turns of thinking, and the great subjects of poetry: love, death, time, knowledge. There's amazement at the dumb luck of staying long enough in an inkling to make it a thought or a poem at all. Poets such as Keats, Stevens, Frost, Plath, Auden, and Bishop, along with painters, inventors, doctors, scientists, composers, musicians, neighbors, friends, and family-all traffic blatantly or under the surface-and one gets a glimpse of such fellow travelers now and then.
The essays collected in The Little Death of Self are meditations toward poetry by a poet who finds this mysterious genre the weirdest, most compelling of all human ways to imagine-or fathom-the great world.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 203 x 137 x 20 mm
"Marianne Boruch's work has the wonderful, commanding power of true attention."
--The Washington Post
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