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Threshold Songs (Wesleyan Poetry) Hardcover – 15 Oct 2011


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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (15 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819571741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819571748
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.4 x 22 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,672,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gizzi is insistently absurd, relishing in moves that duck away from sense just as he is about to make it, lest he paint himself into a corner. But the poems always have heart, a brave, insistent music."--Steven Karl, Coldfront

."..he differentiates himself...by pushing his poems toward a place where the making of meaning is st ill his foremost desire, especially in this, his fifth, and most personal book." --Publishers Weekly

" he differentiates himself by pushing his poems toward a place where the making of meaning is st ill his foremost desire, especially in this, his fifth, and most personal book." Publishers Weekly

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Gizzi s fifth collection, is his most profoundly rueful and wildly humoured work to date. This is a wintry un gathering of poems, sung in the name of Tradition & The Indivisible Talent a company whose ghosts include Basil Bunting, W.S. Graham and the late R.F. Langley. Best Books of 2011, Times Literary Supplement"

(Gizzi s) innovation has been to treat the lyric like a big radio antenna, simultaneously transmitting and receiving eerie broadcasts from the air. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker"

Peter Gizzi s poems have always walked a line between stylized opacity and friendly, if melancholy, accessibility, enacting an argument about whether language is esoteric or generic, personal or public, our salvation from commerce or hopelessly commoditized. This argument is at the heart of much contemporary poetry, but for Gizzi it also represents an interior struggle between the need to disclose emotion with words and the need to hide it behind words. The interplay between these two ideas has never been stronger than in his new collection" Craig Morgan Teicher, Bookforum"

About the Author

PETER GIZZI is the author of six collections of poetry including Threshold Songs and In Defense of Nothing. He works at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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