Loose Sugar by Brenda Hillman
(Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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Loose Sugar is an alchemical manuscript disguised as a collection of poems, or vice versa. Either way, the primal materials of which this book is comprised -- love, sex, adolescence, space-time, depression, post-colonialism, and sugar -- are movingly and mysteriously transmuted: not into gold, but into a poet's philosopher's stone, in which language marries life.

Structurally virtuosic, elaborate without being ornate, Loose Sugar is spun into series within series: each of the five sections has a dual heading (such as "space / time" or "time / work") in which the terms are neither in collision nor collusion, but in conversation. It's elemental sweet talk, and is Brenda Hillman's most experimental work to date, culminating in a meditation on the possibility of a native -- and feminine -- language.

About Brenda Hillman

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Brenda Hillman is Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary's College of California. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent of which is "Practical Water".
Published March 1, 2011 by Wesleyan. 129 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This volume is as loose as the sequence of 12 poems from which comes the book's title--a wild ride that includes quotes, parenthetical fragments, monetary charts and wonderful poetic snapshots of Hillman's native Brazil (where her father worked in the sugar industry) as well as descriptions of he...

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