On Tact, & the Made Up World

On Tact, & the Made Up World

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Michele Glazer s poems take on questions of being and value, exploring not just "what" is, but "how" it is. The poems trouble borders between self and other, old and young, sick and well, stranger and intimate; between physical states in processes of decay; and between line and phrase, sentence and interruption, prose and poem, resisting the desire for something irrefutable with an abiding skepticism. The poems are drawn to missteps in perception and in language, those fractures that promise to crack open a surface to yield some other, greater meaning: What is looked at is changed / what is looked for is gone. From this collision of passion and severity come poems that are strange and darkly beautiful.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 7.62mm | 90.72g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1587299089
  • 9781587299087

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I think you see me for nearly what I am, writes Michele Glazer, confronting the limits of language and observation with a rare stoicism and steady gaze reminiscent of Elizabeth Bishop. The mind suffers / its margins of attention while offering us these consolations: exhilarating visions and re-visions, great beauty where we least expect it, and an encounter with the tensions and sensuality of sound, speech, and syntax. Glazer s fiercely delicate sensibility renders the seen and unseen world startling and wondrous. Dora Malech, author, "Shore Ordered Ocean "and "Say So" ""show more

About Michele Glazer

Michele Glazer lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at Portland State University, where she directs the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. Her previous books are "It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We d Come to See" and "Aggregate of Disturbances" (Iowa, 2004). "show more

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