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Erosion

1983
83 pages
Poetry
$23.95/£13.95 (HARDCOVER)
Princeton University Press

:: selected poetry from Erosion ::


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T
he poems in this second collection by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Graham are fascinated by the limits of human inquiry that take the speaker from the visible world into a plane of unknowing. Under her fierce scrutiny, everything the speaker sees strains toward another world: the pattern on a kimono, salmon swimming up stream, the passion of a Renaissance painter. Her philosophical interest directly alludes to Berryman, Keats, Plato, and many historical moments that offer a microcosmic study of the human struggle.

The attempt to find all the stops, to range through the gamut of possibility, makes Ms. Graham a poet of landscape and memory as well as a poet of art.”

The New York Times Book Review