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The Errancy: Poems.

Graham, Jorie.

Published by Ecco Press, New York, 1997
ISBN 10: 0880015284 / ISBN 13: 9780880015288
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Title: The Errancy: Poems.

Publisher: Ecco Press, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition.


A Fine tight copy in a Fine, unclipped dust jacket. This copy is inscribed by Graham. The Errancy is a pensive and erotic collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dream of the Unified Field. In these poems Jorie Graham approaches a number of numinous characters, each an embodiment of sexual, emotional, political or spiritual desire -- desire seeking its place in an age of betrayed values, where dreaming has been rubbed thin by reason, frayed by the speed of facts. Error is explored as the heroic form of finding one's way--a purposeful wandering toward truth, a pilgrimage in which the heart's longing is guide. Lovers celebrate the body; angels deliver celestial warnings. Bookseller Inventory # 25615

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Poems exploring the theme of sexual, emotional, political, and spiritual desire through the eyes of a poet's characters examine the age in which we live, where dreams are not as easy as they once were.

Review: The epigram that precedes this newest collection of poetry from Jorie Graham points the reader on her way--maybe: "Since in a net I seek to hold the wind." What desires does this connote? This collection by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Graham is indeed a treatise on desire. The distinct persona of each poem embodies some fevered aspect--sexual, political, spiritual--of desire, harking back to the title, Errancy, to suggest that the state of erring might well be our only path toward truth.

The voice is frantic. Poems start mid-sentence; thought interrupts itself, interjecting breathless re-routings and disclaimers. Graham's is a tattered voice, one seeking wholeness in the latter, terrifying part of our complicated century. Included are six guardian angel poems, more like rants against the constantly craving, delusional human mind. Graham's allusion-studded poetry is not to be hurried over but savored, studied like sacred text.

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