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Trace of One: Poems - Iowa Poetry Prize Series (Paperback)
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Trace of One: Poems - Iowa Poetry Prize Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 66 Pages / Published: 30/04/2002
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In Trace of One, real geographies merge with spiritual ones, just as details of the speaker's physical and emotional worlds intertwine with the transcendent realms of science, religion, and myth. Joanna Goodman's poems share a sense of spatial and temporal displacement-they are love poems to a place, whether it be a field, a room, or a paradise-they celebrate their subjects, but they are also poems of grief and solitude. The poems resonate with ethereal echoes paradoxically emitted by an increasingly demystified world in which mechanical explanations for the workings of the human mind and body bump up against the mystery and obliqueness of the soul.

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 9780877458067
Number of pages: 66
Weight: 118 g
Dimensions: 210 x 145 x 7 mm


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"In this remarkable first book, Joanna Goodman finds language for conveying extreme stages of emotion, whether belonging to modern lovers or to ritual participants in New Guinea. . . . Goodman depicts sorrows in such a way as to make them our sorrows, the joys our joys."--Grace Schulman, author of "The Paintings of Our Lives"


"The poems in Joanna Gooman's "Trace of One" hover between the physical and spiritual worlds. They are poems of hectic grace, busy converting one matter into another, transforming identrity and space, and bridging distances while discovering new ones. . . . And what propels a reader through "Trace of One" is the affecting confidence with which Goodman interrogates mystery--not the least of which is a relationship, which she regards with careful awe. Here we have a poet of luminous observation, sharing a voice both vulnerable and daring in its humanity . . . a startling first collection."--"Crossroads"


The poems in Joanna Gooman's "Trace of One" hover between the physical and spiritual worlds. They are poems of hectic grace, busy converting one matter into another, transforming identrity and space, and bridging distances while discovering new ones. . . . And what propels a reader through "Trace of One" is the affecting confidence with which Goodman interrogates mystery not the least of which is a relationship, which she regards with careful awe. Here we have a poet of luminous observation, sharing a voice both vulnerable and daring in its humanity . . . a startling first collection. "Crossroads""


In this remarkable first book, Joanna Goodman finds language for conveying extreme stages of emotion, whether belonging to modern lovers or to ritual participants in New Guinea. . . . Goodman depicts sorrows in such a way as to make them our sorrows, the joys our joys. Grace Schulman, author of "The Paintings of Our Lives""

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