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The author of the book: Jorie Graham
Edition: Harper Collins
Date of issue: May 1st 1988
ISBN: 0880016167
ISBN 13: 9780880016162
Language: English
Format files: PDF
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This podcast (a Q&A between Graham and Silverblatt) helped me tremendously in my reading of Graham:

I love the story in this of Graham's teenage daughter coming to her and saying that she felt "bad." Graham's response: a thesaurus, to look up what exactly she meant by "bad." This idea of expanding our vocabularies to expand both our precision and our possibilities resonates (more on this: Sam Hamill's "The Necessity to Speak"). We must steal our words and definitions, our knowledge, back from the politician's empty, limited, deceptive rhetoric.

The greatest lesson I gleaned from this book: how to create perspectives and embody abstractions. After her orienting titles, she disorients you with strange and stark description. As a reader, you must feel your way into her poems-she often starts a poem on ground-level, as Pound's periplum-then shifts between this perspective and a more knowing, above-ground one. But then further layers a poem by introducing another character and/or unusual perspective, the reader/writer relationship, ellipses ____, and strange time. These many shifts, these elongated times (long takes), I admire because, though demanding, they force the reader to enter and follow the poem on its own terms (a good technique to have in your arsenal for workshop!).

Some questions I'm still asking about this foreboding title in light of the book's form: What is her relationship to fragments? Are they salvaged parts or part of the wreckage? Are they beautiful or a problem for the beautiful?

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Ebook The End of Beauty read Online! Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950, the daughter of a journalist and a sculptor. She was raised in Rome, Italy and educated in French schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris before attending New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied filmmaking. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa.

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently: Place (2012), Sea Change (2008), Overlord (2005), Never (2002), Swarm (2001), The Errancy (1997), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

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