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il cuore - the heart: Selected Poems, 1970-1995 (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

By Kathleen Fraser (Author)
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Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 1997
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819522457  
EAN  9780819522450  

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il cuore : the heart is a major new collection of poetry by Kathleen Fraser, one of the most significant poets of the last generation and a writer of unusual courage and inventiveness. From the intimacy of early poems to the syntactic play of her much-praised book, when new time folds up (1993), Fraser's work examines fields of possibility, where the visual, theoretical, and lyrical collide. This book provides a generous selection of work both new and old, tracing the development of her poetics over the last three decades. Rich with detail, these poems radicalize intention by embracing error, as in "boundayr," and reassert language innovation as a feminist strategy. They lead us toward "the infinity of a door only slightly ajar" and have established Fraser as one of America's preeminent experimental writers.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! KATHLEEN FRASER, author of 14 books of poetry, was Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University from 1972 to 1992, Director of the Poetry Center, founder of American Poetry Archives, and editor of the feminist/experimentalist poetry journal HOW(ever). She lives part of each year in Italy.

Kathleen Fraser was born in 1937.

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A Beautiful Look at the Italian Landscape and Art  Oct 14, 2000
In Il Cuore, Kathleen Fraser's lovely poetry centers around the Italian landscape and Italian art. Two things that are, by their very nature, already infused with poetry, Fraser elaborates on these themes and exposes their underlying beauty.

She writes: The letter A is a plow/Was A/where/you made and/unmade your mind.../first hesitation/when you doubted/what you/thought you/were/looking for?

A highly stylized tool for observing and uncovering the world, language, in Fraser's hands, becomes poems of imagistic precision that uncover beauty and our own response to it. The twenty-five years of work in Il Cuore are poems of a disjunctive and fragmentary structure that still manage to convey a feeling of wholeness and completeness. The author makes use of mathematical diagrams, the shapes and shadings of letters as well as lyric odes to fashion lovely skeletal poetry whose dense pockets of energy and blank spaces create a palette of Impressionism, much in the way Debussy did with music. One example is Tree: One did hear/the flow of nearby branches/shear occasional and limp/yet this rawness/moves, is/moving/even sudden atrophy/of limb.

Fraser, who lives part time in Italy, knows her subject matter well and, with few words, manages to convey all the differences between what's seen, what's felt, what's said and most of all, what's only perceived. In one of Giotto's Arena chapel frescoes, Fraser sees: a salmon length of brick the same/as Virgin's gown, angel feathers/salmon flesh and roe/lifting one swift arc. She is a poet with the talent to perceive perception: motion (less leaves) blue sky/inlaid their branching/lightness/pale rose breadth/of shade/through intervals.

"The New," Fraser says, "comes forward in its edges in order to be itself." The poems in Il Cuore, so filled with lyric skeletal beauty, create impressions with their silences as much as they do with their carefully-chosen words. These are truly poems that cut deep and remain.


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