Wild Civility (Pacific Northwest Poetry Series)

By: Biespiel, David

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David Biespiel's long poetic lines crackle with rhythmic energy and a jazzy, bittersweet richness of language. Rolling out across the page like darkly luminous highways, his innovative, nine-line "American sonnets" promise adventure, offering a variant on the sonnet form that is both lyric and dramatic and bringing his masterful formal inventiveness to free verse. "I've come to imagine the nine-line sonnet to be like one of those classic Thunderbirds," says Biespiel, "something distinctly American: wide, roomy, and with a robust engine."

The vastly varied voices within the poems are united by a wonderfully limber diction. Using with revelatory precision the vocabularies of history, science, art, sport, philosophy, religion, literature, government, and domestic life, Biespiel has crafted a hip, melodic, elastic language that travels the registers of expression: lush and coarse, gaudy and austere, pliant and rigidly tough. The civility of the poems is the form; the wildness is the bristling energy of the language.

Passionate, resilient, rich with wit and word play, these poems affirm David Biespiel's increasing stature as a poet of remarkable accomplishment and promise.

Title: Wild Civility (Pacific Northwest Poetry Series)

Author Name: Biespiel, David

Categories: Poetry,

Publisher: University of Washington Press: 2003-10-01

ISBN Number: 0295983523

ISBN Number 13: 9780295983523

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: SKU1003128