Centaur (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

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Greg Wrenn's debut collection opens with a long poem in which a man undergoes surgery to become a centaur. Other poems speak in voices as varied as those of Robert Mapplethorpe, Hercules, and a Wise Man at the birth of Jesus. Centaur skitters along the blurred lines between compulsivity and following one's heart, stasis and self-realization, human and animal. Here, suffering and transcendence are restlessly conjoined.
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ISBN-13: 9780299294441
ISBN-10: 0299294447
Pagini: 92
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.16 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: University of Wisconsin Press
Colecția University of Wisconsin Press
Seria Wisconsin Poetry Series


"Centaur testifies to the grave fact that humans can harm each other until they want to trade in their bodies: 'I want to feel alive,' says the man seeking to become a centaur as the book begins. This is a masterful poetic debut marked by lyric brilliance and difficult, yet gleaming, wisdom."—Katie Ford, author of Colosseum

"The terrific, turbulent poems in Greg Wrenn's Centaur seem as much etched as written—acid-exact, black promises on white possibilities, lines and space crosshatched with thrilling precision. These poems will startle you at first, and then haunt you long after."—J. D. McClatchy, editor of The Yale Review and author of Hazmat

"These powerful poems mark the aliveness, suffering, and sensuality of the body. They map out erotic adventures and the loneliness of human need. They flout danger with superb lyric craft. But they don't stop there. Each poem offers a paradigm of yearning held together by a rare excellence of language and music. This is a marvelous debut collection."—Eavan Boland, author of A Journey with Two Maps

"The magic here, like the best magic, transforms with each encounter. Fluid, tempered, atmospheric: Centaur is a beautiful, encompassing debut."—Terrance Hayes, Brittingham Prize judge and National Book Award winner

“Greg Wrenn’s poems are quietly allusive and deep; his completely original style . . . perhaps shows the direction our poetry is headed during this new era of the written word’s ascendancy.”—The Antioch Review

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Greg Wrenn, a native of northeast Florida, is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and a recipient of the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.


Low Tide on the Windward Shore
One of the Magi
Brother on Brother
Reuben on Joseph
Self-Portrait as Robert Mapplethorpe
Thirteen Labors
Prayer at Ojai
Mother of Light
South of Jacksonville
Three Attempts to Understand Suffering