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What Kind (Wesleyan Poetry Series) [Paperback]

By Martha Zweig (Author)
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Pages   116
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2003
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819566268  
EAN  9780819566263  

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Drawing on fairy tales and imbued with an almost antique diction, What Kind uses wit and word play to approach the thorn-ridden thicket of family, memory, sex and belonging. Many of the poems seem to speak uncannily from a child's perspective--a child seeking solace in relationships with animals and other creatures both real and imaginary. Many poets concern themselves with country matters and mortal mechanisms, but Martha Zweig alone hatches them out of language itself. She is an exquisite analyst of colloquialism, and the syntactical precisions at work within her old New England parlances are uncommonly refined. This book follows Zweig's brilliant debut collection Vinegar Bone, hailed by Publisher's Weekly as a "unique blend of scary folktale imagery, American plain speech and a planed-down formalism."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Participant in the semi-revolutionary turmoil of the 1960s, Martha Zweig worked for a decade in the garment industry at Concord Manufacturing in Morrisville, Vermont, including a term as shop chair for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, and another ten years as an advocate for seniors in northern Vermont, where she has lived since 1974. Zweig received a Whiting Writer's Award in 1999, and her poems have been published in many of the nation's leading literary and political journals, including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Field, The Boston Review, The Progressive, The Kenyon Review, and Sojourner. Zweig's previous books include Vinegar Bone and What Kind (Wesleyan, 1999 and 2003). Currently she volunteers for North Country Animal League and for Restorative Justice, a community organization promoting a post-police process based on the "truth and reconcilation" approach developed in South Africa.

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a poetry of density and music  Feb 17, 2005
Martha Zweig's abrupt, startling poems have the quality of fairy tales no one has yet read, but which we somehow remember when we first encounter them. In a poem like "Rumpelstiltskin Recounts His Formative Years" we learn of the youth of a character who traditionally has no past and no future. In most of the poems this sense of fable is not so literal, but the sense of essential, though often broken, story and scene is strong and consistent, even relentless: the poems sleep "in the very wolf's yellow breath." One of Zweig's poems is entitled "Primordial," and there is indeed a primordial, elemental quality to her poems. They engage in digging down through the roots and loam (these poems are deeply rooted in natural landscapes that are at once spare and luxuriant), in a stripping down to the newels and posts of "the wooden narratives": "hurl it, haul it all & set it/high to dry some other time." These poems are dense and intense, giving us the pith of event and occasion, the full feel of things with no extraneous matter. Both rough-hewn wood and glittering gemstone (hard and resistant in either case), Zweig's poetry fascinates in its gnarled, wayward syntax (as she writes in "Ducks," "I do love a snag!"), its simultaneously halting and propulsive rhythms, its punning and wordplay and absorption in sound: "Here's how the damp black wood out back there/drudges to this day." To paraphrase a few of Zweig's poems, she flavors her chaos with sweet reason and rough approximate love, doing and undoing somewhats and whatnots, adding her own lyrics to accompany the rain: "I knew him then &/there and now: those syllables."


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