The Ledge by Michael Collier

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Michael Collier's much acclaimed fourth collection of poetry poises experience on the ledge between the everyday and the unknown. In THE LEDGE, the poems are narrative and colloquial, musical and crystalline, at once intimate and sharp-edged. The world is rendered beautifully mysterious as the poems slide into unexpected emotional territory. The artistry and directness of THE LEDGE confirm Collier's place among the most significant poets of his generation.

About Michael Collier

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Michael Collier's The Ledge was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He teaches at the University of Maryland and is the director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Published April 17, 2002 by Mariner Books. 92 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Collier’s line endings manage to be both crisp and sinewy, pulling the reader on through the twists and turns of a poem with many surprises along the way: ``If you think Odysseus too strong and brave to cry, / that the godloved, godprotected hero / when he returned to Ithaka disguised, / intent t...

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while the ""Brave Sparrow"" is playfully exhorted to ""Stay where you are, you lit fuse, you dull spark of saltpeter and sulfur."" Still, domestic scenes that confront a young son with ""the puddle of urine/ beneath the toilet"" or the rabbit-killing dog of ""A Real-Life Drama"" don't reverberate...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Instead, take a look at Plumly’s “Now that My Father Lies Down Beside Me,” or, perhaps, one of the recent books by Pittsburgh poets, Jim Daniels’ brave original “Blue Jesus” and Maggie Anderson’s rich, lyrical “Windfall.” Michael Simms is a poet and publisher based in Pittsburgh.

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