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Measured Extravagance [Kindle Edition]

Peg Duthie

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Book Description

Employing sonnets and sestinas as well as open forms, Measured Extravagance lyrically documents the messiness of grief and explores the complexity of devotion. Peg Duthie celebrates the conflicting demands of journeys as she travels from a Nashville recording studio to a congested street in Prague to the Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, and introduces us to sharpshooters, scientists, musicians, bakers, the dead and those living on the edges of reality as they romp past boundaries, rage at expectations, and tangle with skepticism and belief. Read this book—and throw jump shots with Shakespeare, play duets with Heisenberg, and find out what relish trays and rifles really have in common.


"Peg Duthie has put together a thoroughly extravagant collection of poems. The reader journeys through locations of the mind as well as those of the earth; I was never quite sure what I’d get as I turned the page, but I was always surprised. As the speaker says in the poem 'Extravagance'—'Such a feast.'"
— Christine Klocek-Lim, “Three Poetry Reviews for National Poetry Month,” November Sky Poetry, 28 April 2012.

"The title appears to be an oxymoron. How can something measured be extravagant? We can ask that question of poetry itself. Taking it to the bard as we shoot hoops, we might ask how it’s possible to seize something as tight and as structured as a sonnet and stuff it full to bursting. The answer… well, the whole book is an answer to that question."
— David Allan Barker, “Review: Measured Extravagance, by Peg Duthie,” Nouspique, 20 April 2012.

"I love this. I reread it already. I will reread it again."
— Marissa Lingen, “Measured Extravagance, by Peg Duthie,” Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway, 21 March 2012.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 190 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Upper Rubber Boot Books (14 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KDWY7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,748,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lush and varied 31 Mar. 2012
By Kristine Ong Muslim - Published on
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Measured Extravagance is a refreshing blend of esoteric facts, dark humor, and nostalgia. We start with a striking cover that may be suggestive of how we can conjure something organic -- like feathers from an Erlenmeyer flask.

What I admire most about this book is Peg Duthie's masterful treatment of highly politicized topics (such as the political inclinations of well-known scientists) into a non-politically-correct lattice. "A Particular Truth--1941" is a fine example. Its thematic kin is the unforgettable series of poems by John Canaday here [...]

"Devotion" is remarkably tender:

perfuming the hands of his wife as she strokes
the dreaming cat.

In "Deep and Crisp and Even," Duthie talks about the unruly "language of desserts" where

We love the one slice too many, the body's
sleepy struggle to house so much

In "Gift Shop, St. Peter in Gallicantu, Jerusalem," Duthie speaks of the energy of material things and how they define us:

Who knows what happens next, to the bags--
too small for utility, too strange for luxury--
do they languish for years in kitchen drawers

or become the knapsacks of dolls?

My most favorite piece in this engrossing collection is "She Says, Follow the Graves." It successfully weaves mythical elements and the quest for eternal life. It is capped by a powerful closing line.

Here are the emotionally jarring opening lines of "She Says, Follow the Graves."

There are special hollows for the unmended: the unclosable
wound, the irreparably scarred Queen of Spades
worn out from too many unspeakable tricks.

Measured Extravagance delivers. What a gorgeous collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and thought provoking 9 Jun. 2013
By Cathy Yardley - Published on
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I don't even own another book of poetry. I swear, I could *eat* some of these poems. They're precise and emotional, sort of... well, sharply lavish. (I'm certainly no poet, obviously.) "Measured extravagance" indeed. I love this collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, witty, thought-provoking poetry 6 Sept. 2012
By Martin Berman-Gorvine - Published on
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Peg Duthie's work deserves a wider audience. This collection of her poetry is soulful and witty, exploring religious and spiritual themes while tied to the natural world.
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