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Jessica Fisher
Foreword by Louise Glück
Copyright Date: 2007
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 96
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    Book Description:

    Jessica Fisher'sFrail-Craftis winner of the 2006 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and judge Louise Glück's fourth selection for the series. The book and the dream are the poet's primary objects of investigation here. Through deft, quietly authoritative lyrics, Fisher meditates on the problems and possibilities-the frail craft-of perception for the reader, the dreamer, maintaining that "if the eye can love-and it can, it does-then I held you and was held." In her foreword to the book, Louise Glück writes that Fisher's poetry is "haunting, elusive, luminous, its greatest mystery how plain-spoken it is. Sensory impressions, which usually serve as emblems of or connections to emotion, seem suddenly in this work a language of mind, their function neither metonymic nor dramatic. They are like the dye with which a scientist injects his specimen, to track some response or behavior. Fisher uses the sense this way, to observe how being is converted into thinking."

    eISBN: 978-0-300-13831-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
    (pp. xi-xviii)
    Louise Glück

    The poet Peter Streckfus once remarked that what he loved most in a book of poems was a quality of persistent strangeness—“swimming in the confusion of it” was his phrase for the reader’s initial experience. This quality makes, as Streckfus suggests, an environment; it is not a matter of the shrewdly confused surface or of opacity, nor can it be elaborated into a deliberate aesthetic. Rather one feels that something has been discovered in the language itself, some property or capacity, some tone never before transcribed, whose implicit meanings the poet has found ways to reveal.

    Jessica Fisher writes...

    (pp. xix-xx)
  5. 1
    (pp. 3-18)
  6. 2
    (pp. 21-32)
  7. 3
    (pp. 35-50)
  8. 4
    (pp. 53-66)
  9. NOTES
    (pp. 67-68)