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Revolver

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As restless, reckless, and precise as the Colt revolver for which it is named, Robyn Schiff's "Revolver" 'repeats fire without reloading' as it reckons with the array of foreboding objects displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the traces of their ghosts one hundred years later.A dirge on the Singer Sewing Machine, an exuberant and unnerving rumination on multipurpose campaign furniture, and a breathless account of Ralph Lauren's silver Porsche 550 Spyder are among the collection's exhilarating corporate histories, urgent fantasias, and agonizing love poems. The long, lavish, and utterly unpredictable sentences that Schiff has assembled contort as much to discover what can't be contained as what can.This is a book of extremes relentlessly contemporary in scope. And like the eighty-blade sportsman's knife also described here, "Revolver" keeps opening and reopening to the daunting possibilities of transformation - 'Splayed it is a bouquet of all the ways a point mutates.'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 154.94 x 210.82 x 10.16mm | 136.08g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • Parental Adviso.
  • 1587296950
  • 9781587296956
  • 817,012

Review quote

Wild with imagination, unafraid, ambitious, inventive, stitched to perfection by a formal genius that recalls the quirkily perfect forms (and tones) of Marianne Moore, "Revolver "is a perpetual motion machine in which time, history, matter, and a profound tenderness for the made world knot, rush, pleat, unfurl...What an embroidery, what a flawless understanding of gravity. There is not a poem in this collection that does not amaze. As with "Worth" and worthy of being its successor this is a work of profound daring, written by a spirit deeply aware of the ultimate cost of beauty, and the endless human thirst for, and dependence upon, surfaces historical, lyric, material, and emotional. Jorie Graham"show more

About Robyn Schiff

Robyn Schiff is the author of Worth (IOWA, 2002). She is an associate professor at the University of Iowa, where she is the director of the undergraduate creative writing program. She also coedits Canarium Books.show more

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