It Was Fever That Made The World

This sophisticated first collection by Jim Powell synthesizes personal and world history to produce a compelling vision of the past, through verse letters to friends and relatives, translations of Horace, Propertius, Sappho, and others, and ...

It Was Fever That Made The World

It Was Fever That Made The World

This sophisticated first collection by Jim Powell synthesizes personal and world history to produce a compelling vision of the past, through verse letters to friends and relatives, translations of Horace, Propertius, Sappho, and others, and allusions to ancient figures of history and mythology. "I find it difficult to overpraise the ease of this writing, which in one act combines succinct physical presentation and explanation of it. . . . It is perhaps here that Jim Powell, not yet forty, most shows his superiority to many of his contemporaries and seniors. He not only understands the way in which opposites are necessary to one another, he achieves his knowledge in the poem, and so we grasp it as we read. . . . he has tapped a subject matter that is endless and important, and by the thoroughgoingness and the subtlety of his exploration shows he has the power to do almost anything."—Thom Gunn, Shelf Life "His title burns away everywhere in the volume, in the fevers of eros, divination, memory, destruction, and grief. . . . Page for page, there is more sheer fine, clear, yet syntactically subtle and metaphorically gorgeous writing in Powell than I have seen in some time."—Mary Kinzie, Poetry "Jim Powell's poems, like those of Thomas Hardy, are haunted forms, full of ghosts and mocking gods, shadows and foreshadowings. But Powell is a Hardy whose poems we've never read, a Hardy with his hand in the blaze, not stirring the ash in a cold and wind-torn grate."—Jennifer Clarvoe, The Threepenny Review

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It Was Fever That Made The World
Language: en
Pages: 86
Authors: Jim Powell
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989-01-30 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Poems deal with creation, nuclear annilation, the past, nature, myth, poetry, love, and the seasons
It Was Fever That Made The World
Language: en
Pages: 86
Authors: Jim Powell
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989-04-24 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

This sophisticated first collection by Jim Powell synthesizes personal and world history to produce a compelling vision of the past, through verse letters to friends and relatives, translations of Horace, Propertius, Sappho, and others, and allusions to ancient figures of history and mythology. "I find it difficult to overpraise the
Sweet Nothings
Language: en
Pages: 283
Authors: Jim Elledge
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: Georgetown University Press

A collection of poetry about rock music includes such pieces as "Jungle Music," "Meet the Supremes," "Sound Systems," "American Bandstand," and "Elegy for Elvis"
The Letters of Thom Gunn
Language: en
Pages: 800
Authors: Thom Gunn
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-16 - Publisher: Faber & Faber

'Gunn's letters serve as one of the most indispensable epistolary chronicles of an era, especially in the US, of the Eisenhower fifties transforming into the revolutionary sixties and seventies, and then the revanchist, reactionary Reagan eighties and the AIDS epidemic, all seen through the lens of a gay, ex-pat English
The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose
Language: en
Pages: 341
Authors: Mary Kinzie
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993-07-15 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The role of the poet, Mary Kinzie writes, is to engage the most profound subjects with the utmost in expressive clarity. The role of the critic is to follow the poet, word for word, into the arena where the creative struggle occurs. How this mutual purpose is served, ideally and