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Periplum and Other Poems: 1987-1992 (Salt Modern Poets) Paperback – 1 Sep 2004
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Periplum reveals and shatters an unspeakably fragile world ... emerging with a new knowing, a knowing that matters, as in matters of life and death.--Michael Boughn "Poetry Project Newsletter "
The beautiful fragile balance achieved here is simply amazing.--Chris Stroffolino "To Magazine "
The reader must [...] be alert, but give this book a couple of hours - the amount of time you might give the kind of art cinema it recalls (the middle section is titled "Music for Films") - and Periplum's odd angles take satisfying shape.--Jeremy Noel-todd "The Telegraph "
Peter Gizzi's Periplum arises out of the same tradition as Frank O'Hara's: suffused in irony, creating odd juxtapositions, alternatingly enigmatic and direct.--D. A. Powell "San Fransisco Poetry Flash "
Never mind about the bewilderment. One should be more concerned with the acts of intelligence. Peter Gizzi's poetry says this all the time. Not that one would (or could) paraphrase any of the poems as such, but that's what the entire enterprise is based upon. That's what one has to remember. We forget it, I think, at our peril.--Martin Stannard "Litter Magazine "
About the Author
Peter Gizzi grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. His poetry collections include Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998) and Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003). In 1994 he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is also the editor of The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998). He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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