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2.0 out of 5 stars Conundrum, 4 Sept. 1999
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The mystery, really, is two mysteries: how someone so abundantly skilled can fall so far; and second, why? The St. Louis reviewer overstates the case a bit, but the Bostonian is as muddled as he/she is a rummy typist. Basically, Ms. Graham is a stunningly fine poet who has given up on the impulse to break the reader's heart and given in, sadly, to the impulse to baffle with erudition and drop savory hints to theorists along the way. Imagine if Keats had made a similar choice. Though, if he had, we wouldn't know his name by now anyway.
Do buy this book. Read the poem "Salmon," from Graham's second collection, EROSION. It's lovely and affecting. Read "Kimomo." Indeed, as the St. Louis person says, after that it's downhill, but there's a kind of literary/aesthetic-Leaving-Las-Vegas fascination to it anyway. It may bring out a certain rage in you or merely disgust. Hell, you may even "like" it, though that seems an odd response to such antiseptically brainy and otherwise void constructions.
Good luck.
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The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems
The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems by Jorie Graham (Paperback - 28 Mar. 1996)
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