Beautiful Shirt by Donald Revell
(Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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The world that Donald Revell ponders in these poems replete with contrarieties. The same verbal playfulness and prophetic lyricism that made Revell a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry and a winner of National Poetry Series, Pushcart, and PEN Center USA West awards are in full force in Beautiful Shirt. Here he traverses the rocky terrain of innocence, memory, disillusion, and salvation in a voice at once haunted and elliptical: “This is the world as I have known it./ It has a soft outline and is easily victimized.”

Juxtaposed within a trio of long, introspective poems are shorter lyrics that push the limits of poetic syntaxes and dictions. In all, Beautiful Shirt searches for the true nature of the self through language unfettered by narrative constraints and conventional conceptual identities.
 

About Donald Revell

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DONALD REVELL is the author of ten poetry collections, including Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems and My Mojave, which won the Lenore Marshall Prize. He teaches at the University of Utah, and lives in the desert south of Las Vegas.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Wesleyan. 70 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Revell wrote the book while traveling, ``in order to make poems entirely dependent upon immediate physical and verbal circumstances''-which, in practice, resulted in poems virtually devoid of emotion or sensual impact, a poetry of ideas.

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