Burn and Dodge by Sharon Dolin
(Pitt Poetry Series)

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Burn and Dodge is part serious/part serious play and opens with a frank and occasionally antic exploration of contemporary vices,  such as Guilt, Envy, and Regret. Some poems “dodge” such preoccupations by playing with a nonce form called sonnet/ghazal. The collection contains a sequence of poems called “Current Events,” based on newspaper stories. that is also a playful meditation on the nature of the interrogative pronouns (Who, What, Where, When . . . ) as well as another series of homophonic sonnets called “Clare-Hewn,” which are aural “translations” of John Clare.


About Sharon Dolin

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Sharon Dolin is the author of three previous poetry collections: Realm of the Possible; Serious Pink; and Heart Work, as well as five poetry chapbooks. She is Poet-in-Residence at Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal Arts. Dolin also teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York City, where she directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition and is a curator for the Broadsides Reading Series.
Published October 12, 2008 by University of Pittsburgh Press. 121 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Whatever else she does with the American language, Dolin (Heart Work) has fun: the New York City-based poet's fourth volume combines great verbal ingenuity with a vast set of subjects, some quite seri

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