The Difficult Wheel by Betty Adcock

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In The Difficult Wheel, Betty Adcock writes about time, about losing the past yet never being able to lose it. Hers are poems about vanishings, about grief and about folly - our absurd attempt to cancel time and space, to abstract ourselves out of history and out of nature, and to distract ourselves from death's specter. Adcock's verses fuse formal pattern with the chaos of rapid change, music with grief, the world's presences - deer, bird, fox, all that shakes the "shuddering loom" - with the absences that time has dreamed and language must confront. Out of her personal losses Adcock imagines the larger ones we are facing at the end of the twentieth century. But there are celebrations here, too: a simple field of wild flowers on an Aegean island becomes music, memory, a "pearl of great price."

About Betty Adcock

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Adcock is a writer in residence at Meredith College. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the North Carolina Medal for Literature, and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize for Poetry.
Published October 1, 1995 by Louisiana State Univ Pr. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Poems in the first two sections seem shallower, less sharply focussed and thought through, with the exception of poems in which the poet identifies with animals-the white rhinoceros caged in a supposedly life-like environment, and the mule: ``Born canceled, he works and balks,/ angry always in th...

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