Galassi, Jonathan

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307957085
Characteristics: xi, 111 p. ;,24 cm.


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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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