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Grace Notes: Poems.

Dove, Rita.

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ISBN 10: 0393027198 / ISBN 13: 9780393027198
Published by W. W. Norton, New York, 1989
From Gregor Rare Books (Langley, WA, U.S.A.)

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A Near Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Review Copy with author publicity photo laid-in. The title of the collection serves as an umbrella for the intimate concerns expressed in the forty-eight poems; in music, grace notes are those added to the basic melody, the embellishments that—if played or sung at the right moment with just the right touch—can break your heart. The word as talisman is another of Dove's concerns, and finally, in the section that most typifies the lilt of grace notes, Dove considers the embellishments below the melody of daily life. Bookseller Inventory # 25450

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Title: Grace Notes: Poems.

Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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From Publishers Weekly:

In her fourth collection of poems, Dove harvests ripe fruits of the self. Her best lyrics are spare, intense and deeply personal, such as "Pastoral," about breastfeeding her baby, or "The Wake," which begins: "Your absence distributed itself / like an invitation. / Friends and relatives / keep coming, trying / to fill up the house." There are family snapshots etched in memory, sketches of a Midwestern girlhood, of evenings in Jerusalem, of her small daughter struggling to comprehend as her mother details the facts of life. Dove, a 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner and associate editor of Callaloo , a journal of Afro-American arts, offers an appreciation of Billie Holiday's voice that is also a meditation on the mythification of women. Her poems blend chiseled imagery, everyday observation, private dramas, political comment.
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