Figures for the Ghost by Scott Cairns
Poems (Contemporary Poetry Series)

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In Figures for the Ghost, Scott Cairns offers postmodern meditations on the problems of epistemology, interpretation and belief. The collection is distinguished by its implicit proposition that uncertainty (or decenteredness) is a pleasurable state. "In their gestures and in their intent, the poems are religious," says Cairns, "but honestly so. Skirting didacticism, they perform a willing trajectory into the unknown."

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Scott Cairns teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing at the University of Missouri. He is an accomplished poet whose writing has appeared in "The Atlantic Monthly", "The Paris Review", "The New Republic, Books & Culture, and Image". He was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow.
Published March 1, 1994 by Univ of Georgia Pr. 72 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In ``The Turning of Lot's Wife,'' one of the numerous poems in which Cairns adroitly recasts Biblical characters and themes, Lot's wife ``saw that she could / not turn her back on even one doomed child of the city, but / must turn her back instead upon the saved.'' Comfortably weaving between his...

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