Loose Sugar

ISBN-10: 0819522430
ISBN-13: 9780819522436
Edition: N/A
Authors: Brenda Hillman
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Description: Loose Sugar is an alchemical manuscript disguised as a collection of poems, or vice versa. Either way, the primal materials of which this book is comprised -- love, sex, adolescence, space-time, depression, post-colonialism, and sugar -- are  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 3/21/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 127
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Loose Sugar is an alchemical manuscript disguised as a collection of poems, or vice versa. Either way, the primal materials of which this book is comprised -- love, sex, adolescence, space-time, depression, post-colonialism, and sugar -- are movingly and mysteriously transmuted: not into gold, but into a poet's philosopher's stone, in which language marries life. Structurally virtuosic, elaborate without being ornate, Loose Sugar is spun into series within series: each of the five sections has a dual heading (such as "space / time" or "time / work") in which the terms are neither in collision nor collusion, but in conversation. It's elemental sweet talk, and is Brenda Hillman's most experimental work to date, culminating in a meditation on the possibility of a native -- and feminine -- language.

BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of seven collections of poetry and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, the editor of The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (2003). She is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary's College, and works with CodePink, a social justice organization against war. Hillman won the William Carlos Williams Award for Pieces of Air in the Epic.

The Spark
Thicket Group: A Power
Thicket Group: Empty Spines
Thicket Group: A Window
Thicket Group: The Thicket
Thicket Group: Dust Devils
The Arroyo
Early Sex
Orion's Belt
Active Magic
Cheap Gas
Male Nipples
An Event
Chevron Tankers
(visitor fragments)
Proud Energy
No Problem
Somewhat Anthem
The Bat
Symmetry Breaking
C ode
River Song
The cliffs
Doubting chamber
Horizontal series
Deep noticing
Trap door
Spiral lullaby
Below below
The escalator
The cave
Visitor fragment
Various outposts
High vortex
Blue square
Time's Body
Time Problem
Band Practice
Busy Week: Being Busy
Busy Week: Very Busy
Busy Week: Really Busy
The Particles
Time Zone
Early Vacations
The Unbeginning
The Mysteries
Loose Sugar: Two Rivers
Loose Sugar: National Development
Loose Sugar: Two Mothers
Loose Sugar: (notes)
Two Brothers
Stuck Tram
Loose Sugar
Red Fingernails
Vanilla Continued
The Corcovado
Beach Photos
Mother's Language
Remembering Form
World/axis
Note
Acknowledgments

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