Cold Snap as Yearning by Robert Vivian

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Whether confronting a gravel road, a hallucinatory vision of a horse-woman, a deep sensitivity to noise, or the curiosity of crows, Robert Vivian sees the world in a novel way, and this collection gives readers the opportunity to share his unique and intriguing vision.
 

About Robert Vivian

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Robert Vivian's stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and his plays have been produced in New York City. He is the author of the award-winning book Cold Snap as Yearning (available in a Bison Books edition) and teaches English and creative writing at Alma College in Michigan.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by University of Nebraska Press. 150 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The ravishing simplicity of Vivian’s prose is perfectly balanced by the peacock-plumed precision of his metaphors, such as the image of crows as the “dark hangnails of God,” the sound of a broken back as “the click of a gear lock, or a key turning in a rusty door.” The title essay concludes with ...

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In "Rootedness," which treats childhood memories, a lake in northern Michigan is remembered by its smell, "the quicksilver lightening scent of the lake after it rains;" but the remembrance is ephemeral: "I smelled the lake two days ago in a wet oak branch, though when I picked it up the lake was ...

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