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Left-handed

Poems
Galassi, Jonathan (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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An emotionally riveting collection that tells a powerful story of passion, loss, and transformation. Left-handed unfolds in the manner of an intense, searching novella. At its center is a one-way dialogue with an elusive character who beguiles and torments but also inspires the unnamed narrator, who at midlife is telling the tale. These poems--decisive, wrenching, exquisite--show an overpowering force, at once disruptive and creative, invading a settled existence. They take us from the streets of New York City to a house in the country, from the island of Naxos to the Roman Forum. They reach back to the sonnets of Shakespeare but find inspiration, too, in contemporary life. Naked and raw, lyrical yet formally inventive, rich with the melancholy wisdom of age, this is a work of resonant and shimmering beauty.
Authors: Galassi, Jonathan
Title: Left-handed
poems
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xi, 111 p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book."
Contents: A clean slate. A clean slate ; Young ; Still life ; The room on Naxos ; Reconstructed poem ; Shine ; Rootwork ; Thalictrum and Cimicifuga ; The last swim of summer ; Ours
The crossing. The crossing ; O youth and beauty ; Our landscape is hills ; Another arrival ; Glass ; A wave ; The halt and the lame ; The pool was full ; Apples and oranges ; The shorter days ; Barn owl song ; BlackBerry poems (If ; Water ; Hope has a voice
) ; A little tour around your room ; Middle-aged ; The scarf ; The new life ; Night letter ; Second night letter ; Seventh Avenue ; Pretzels ; Judgment ; Once ; Radical hope ; The river ; BlackBerry poems (Little blue t-shirt ; You want what you want ; Engine ; The call) ; Our dark places ; Jude ; Independence Day ; August
I can sleep later. Breakfast ; His letter on the table ; Left-handed ; Freedom ; The feast ; Tom in Rome ; Nomad, ; Madonna enthroned with saints ; Incantation ; Tinsel tinsel ; Young maple in Ghent ; Ruins.
Local Note: 53 118
ISBN: 9780307957085
030795708X
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Galassi
Subject Headings: American poetry. Poetry.
Topical Term: American poetry.
Poetry.
LCCN: 2011033753
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Jun 08, 2012
  • fillups rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lovely, mysterious, deeply personal. These poems chart the ending of a long relationship and the beginning of a new one. While there is inner turmoil and wrenching there is surprising humor and there is a placidness to the writing that makes it pleasurable to read.

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