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The Sawdust War : POEMS

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Few poets in America today can write as solemnly and truthfully as Jim Barnes about the heritage of America, a heritage as wide as the continent itself. Jim Barnes's aesthetic is vivid throughout these poems. A high sense of loss pervades the book, but Barnes's strong-willed persona never regrets what has passed. Instead, the persona gains strength from it. What has come to be his signature in four earlier books of poetry and remains his mark in The Sawdust War is essentially where his art lies: a strong sense of loss, of redemption coming out of loss, of place both geographical and spiritual.show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 147.32 x 205.74 x 10.16mm | 204.12g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252062396
  • 9780252062391

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Few poets in America today can write as solemnly and truthfully as Jim Barnes about the heritage of America, a heritage as wide as the continent itself. Jim Barnes's aesthetic is vivid throughout these poems. A high sense of loss pervades the book, but Barnes's strong-willed persona never regrets what has passed. Instead, the persona gains strength from it. What has come to be his signature in four earlier books of poetry and remains his mark in The Sawdust War is essentially where his art lies: a strong sense of loss, of redemption coming out of loss, of place both geographical and spiritual.show more

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"Jim Barnes has given us, in this ambitious and truly finished collection, such memories and insights to help us survive future wars -- with each other, with our place in the world, with ourselves. Barnes is a masterful poet, a most worthy voice for his generation." -- Samuel Maio, Paintbrushshow more

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