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Spires, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0670823600 / ISBN 13: 9780670823604
Published by Viking, 1989, 1989
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INSCRIBED (and dated 1989, on fep) 1st prtg., hardcover, fine in fine dj, in mylar, poetry, desk, blm50. Bookseller Inventory # 15217

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Title: Annonciade

Publisher: Viking, 1989

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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A collection of poems by the 20th century poet dealing with themes such as the longing for love, faith and redemption.

From Library Journal:

Spires's poems are made from a familiar recipe: focus on an object (exotic bird, pendant), locale (London street, Key West), or landscape (misty pond, littered junkyard); describe it; toss in a simile ("calls for help/ are battered back and forth like tennis balls") or three; top with intimations of a vaguely realized emotion or even vaguer aspect of the human condition. The result is a collection of set pieces that too easily dissipates to standard evocations of stars, moon, eternity, the future. While the poet's powers of literal description are often well displayed, her extended figures can get out of hand and her strainings toward hushed profundity sometimes seem contrived ("the stunned tedium of the moment"). In sum, a competent book consistent with the current poetic style. Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib.
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