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The Dream of the Unified Field
Selected Poems 1974-1994

March 1996
220 pages
£14.95 (Paperback)
Carcanet Press

:: selected poetry from
The Dream of the Unified Field

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Jorie Graham's poetry insists that 'the visible world' exists: but what is its existence? Beyond the merely subjective, the merely lyric, she ventures with philosophical rigour into an area 'saturated with phenomena', in Helen Vendler's phrase, a place of shifting perspectives, abrupt changes, sometimes vertiginous in their reversals, but always moving towards possible celebration.

Those who argue that poetry and science are at each other's throats will find here a poetry which brings together in tense equilibrium science, philosophy and history. This is a new kind of narrative, offering forms which are open and full of possibility. Graham's is an inclusive art which takes big risks. John Ashbery describes her 'utterance that swings with the conviction of Blake's, that one does not want to stop listening to. She is one of the finest poets writing today.'

The 1996 Pulitzer winner in poetry and a major collection, Jorie Graham's The Dream of the United Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994 spans twenty years of writing and includes generous selections from her first five books: Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts, The End of Beauty, Region of Unlikeness, and Materialism.