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Above the Land

Above the Land

Julie Agoos
Foreword by James Merrill
Copyright Date: 1987
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 94
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    Above the Land
    Book Description:

    The winning volume in the 1986 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition isAbove the Landby Julie Agoos. As James Merrill, distinguished poet and judge of the competition, has said: "Framing her travel pieces in American pine, weaving her home truths so openly that the European figures glimmer through, Julie Agoos gives us the best of both worlds. The sincerity, lightness, and composure of her voice make this a remarkably engaging debut."Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1956,Julie Agoosreceived a B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1979 and an M.A. from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University in 1983. She was awarded the Lloyd McKim Garrison Prize for Poetry and a Briggs Literary Fellowship from Harvard University; in 1978 she also received the Grolier Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and literary magazines, includingAntaeus, The Antioch Review, Partisan Review,andPloughshares.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-16348-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xii)
    James Merrill

    “So much sensation is unknown,” writes Julie Agoos, and proceeds to challenge the sorry state of affairs:

    On the banks of that river that parts the city

    of Florence, should you straddle the wall,

    your pink legs will glow in twilight,

    hair fan up against the iron lampposts …

    It’s a “you” we recognize at once—the updated Henry James heroine savoring her Italy from an uncommitted vantage not thinkable to the local adult population.

    Poets needn’t travel. Look at Emily Dickinson. Look at Marianne Moore, who got more from a single issue ofThe London Illustrated Newsthan Mother...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. I

  6. II

  7. III

  8. Notes
    (pp. 71-71)