If In Time by Ann Lauterbach
Selected Poems, 1975-2000 (Poets, Penguin)

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Ann Lauterbach is one of America's most inventive and admired poets. Since the mid-1970s, she has explored the ways in which language simultaneously captures and forfeits our experience. By turns elegiac, fierce, and sensuous, her musically-charged poems subvert distinctions between narrative coherence and fragmentary elision, between outward attention and inward response. Throughout, Lauterbach questions the hope for personal agency within proliferating fields of cultural and historical event. If In Time brings together selections from each of her first five collections, as well as an exhilarating group of new poems.

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Ann Lauterbach is currently Schwab Professor of Language and Literature at Bard College, where she also directs the writing division of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. As well as receiving Guggenheim, New York State Foundation for the Arts, and Ingram Merrill Fellowships, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1993. She has published six collections of poetry, most recently If in Time.
Published April 1, 2001 by Penguin Books. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “East River Barge,” for example, she declares that “Even with the hovering of gray antecedents, heavy with causation, we arch back, away from the sheen of declaration to where the wall must curve and further curve until it too is a cloud.” Can’t you just hear the tugboats?

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Beginning at the end of the book with 1979's Many Times, But Then readers will find Lauterbach trying out Schuyler's discursive simplicity and Ashbery's early virtuosity, which form the basis of Before Recollection (1987), and are subsequently stretched out, recombined and brilliantly reimagined ...

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When "women, toward evening," perceive how "the buoyant dim slowly depletes / terrain, and frees the illuminated house" for their own purposes, they "begin to move about, reaching for potholders / and lids, while all the while noting / that the metaphor of the hou...

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