The Engrafted Word by Karl Kirchwey

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The graftings of flesh upon flesh, of history upon time and memory, of the New World on the Old, of language upon silence, of faith upon doubt: These are the graftings that form this third book of poems by Guggenheim Fellow and Rome Prize winner Karl Kirchwey. Whether he is writing of the intimate moment, as in "Sonogram" (in which the poet first sees his son-to-be), or the painfully personal, as in "Barium" (in which he recounts a brush with mortality), Kirchwey reaches effortlessly across time to link us to our past, to the larger universe of humankind. From the deep sensuousness of "Amalfi" to the gently mocking "Syracuse," from the haunting echoes of the past in "Two Landscapes in Numidia" to the almost blasphemous bitter edge of "Twelve Epigrams for Passion Week, Ischia," he graces us with poetics of a high order even while weaving the threads that tie this collection into a stunningly integrated whole. These are indeed poems that reward rereading.

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Called a "poet of sumptuous resources" by Amy Clampitt, Karl Kirchwey has been published in such places as Antaeus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. Kirchwey is the director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at New York's 92nd Street YM-YWHA.
Published April 15, 1998 by Holt Paperbacks. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Director of Manhattan's 92nd Street Y's acclaimed poetry center, Kirchwey writes like the ultimate insider in the world of poetry that he is: A traveler in an antique world, he wanders the ancient sites, recording his insights in deft metres that are academic and as cold as the statuary he exults...

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