Earliest Worlds by Eleni Sikelianos
Two Books by Eleni Sikelianos

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This impressive debut of a major new voice in poetry begins with Blue Guide, a poem cycle of meditations on light and dark, probing the opposing/complementary nature of these universal principles and their manifestation through words. In Of Sun, Of History, Of Seeing, the oracular power of language fuels the journey between constellations shimmering above and the mind shimmering in response below, between phenomenology and phenomena.

The author of five chapbooks, Eleni Sikelianos has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing. Her work has appeared in Grand Street, Chicago Review, and Sulfur. She lives in New York.

Blue Guide


[It is not enough that], 15
Matter has been Blown off the Surface, 16
The Stone I was Bothering, 17
[Dear Flaubert], 19
The Most Beautiful Theorems, 20
Everyone in the Country's got a Clubfoot, 22
[As a child], 23
Chapters: of I Define the Darkness Correct, 24
[Again, several years passed], 36
Book of Tributes: Cosmorama, 37
Lights, 38
[Fresh from the latitudes], 39
The Typical Hand, 40
[This, (my) brain-truck], 42
[Most of my life], 43
Thus, Speak the Chromograph, 44
[Polar citadel], 47
City between cycles of light, 48
[Now the bells have begun], 50
[I always took shadow for shelter], 51
[The devil was known for], 52
Worn like a corsage, 53
O quanta qualia suntilla sabbatta, 55
[Here is a story], 56
[You can be King of the Corners], 57
The brambles of cavalry (Quamash), 58
The Secret Life of J.K. Huysmans / parataxis, 62
[I will soon make my animal tears], 63
Chapters: Touching the Original Matter, 64
Campo santo, , 73
[Someone is sewing next to me], 74
The decameron, 75
Of the True Human Fold, 77
[They are chasing me home again], 78
"The birds are at their highest thoughts of leaving", 79
[Here we are on the place St. Sulpice], 80
The well-tempered clavicle, 81
[When the things was a?re], 82
The river's which river's why, 83
[As a result, some astronomers], 85


About Eleni Sikelianos

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Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Body Clock and The California Poem, which was a Barnes & Noble Best of the Year, as well as a hybrid memoir, The Book of Jon. Sikelianos teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. A California native, longtime New Yorker, and world traveler, she now lives in Boulder with her husband, the novelist Laird Hunt, and their daughter, Eva Grace.
Published April 1, 2001 by Coffee House Press. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The "essay" poems of the volume's second book, Of Sun, of History, of Seeing, continue the first book's scientific motifs, but the visionary grandeur often associated with Robert Duncan, Anne Waldman or Alice Notley is complicated by the kind of gleeful parataxis found in Ted Berrigan's or Ron Pa...

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