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Candy Necklace (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

By Cal Bedient (Author)
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Pages   99
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.95" Width: 5.95" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 1997
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819512214  
EAN  9780819512215  

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Candy Necklace ushers an intense new voice onto the field of American poetry. Lush and turbulent, the poems collected here expose the violence underlying all acts of union and creation, a violence for which poetry might be a redemptive language but in which language itself is always implicated. Cal Bedient explores a wide range of familiar emotional landscapes -- including the constellation of the family, love, and profound lossaand his work is always deeply intimate and verbally original. The brutality of both public and private experience finds reckoning in these intricate and majestic new poems.

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Another Good one From Cal  Apr 28, 2005
Bedient has a happy way of putting things, and often finds it within himself to turn some inconsequential trivial everyday things into the subjects of a sonorous, sermonlike poetry. Take the "Candy Necklace" in the title poem. An elderly professor visits the student bookstore and sees a necklace made of candy for sale. "Blue, yellow, white and pink beads snuggling together." It's whimsical and fun and something suitable for the very young, so already the poem has a bit of the late Yeats AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN type of wistfulness. "They make me want a hug," Bedient confesses. And he thinks back to his daughter's precious youth. "A mountain cannot but look down/ on the clefts its heavings made. My daughter's/ the thicket in which I bleed." Bedient has a sotoriously sexual way of putting matters, and there's no sex metaphor left unchurned in his remarkable, auspicious debut.

He will go far in poetry, but based on the author photo on the back of the book, he has a kind of Jeff Chandler good looks which would have won him a certain manner of fame in the late 1950s, though the picture looks like his skin's now a little leathery maybe from the UCLA sun. Easygoing and friendly, now scary and electrifying, Bedient's poems carve themselves a new pathway through the leather saddle of American letters. He knows how to surprise the reader, and how to tickle him (or her) until nearly time for the family romance.
Dazzling and musical, this book feeds your mind and ear.  Jun 13, 1999
Like Robert Browning in "Porphyria's Lover," Cal Bedient gets inside the heads of the ill and insane. His poems "Very Oyster, Very Few," "Grief," "Any Son of a Bitch," "The Child is the Keeper of the Garden" are especially like Browning's in their ability to evoke a startled and often deeply emotional response from the reader. The poet's facility with language is astounding: fresh, demanding, luscious, and free as in these lines from "Back a Van Gogh Yellow": "Life, you say, is the greatest / nothing, exactly imagined-- / red-gold on the wall / the ellipsoid / smear of the sun."

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