The Paradise of Forms by Aaron Shurin
Selected Poems

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Poetry. swallowed on purpose to make the taker have bliss, all the world are nothing like lips hair, cheeks. in the breath hear speak faith, make love groan swear my judgment in deeds (from Artery). Selections from GIVING UP THE GHOST, A'S DREAM, THE GRACES, A POSSIBLE LIFE, CODEX, INTO DISTANCES, A DOOR, FOUR VIEWS OUT OF PARIS and INVOLUNTARY LYRICS, as well as previously uncollected pieces. THE PARADISE OF FORMS is a beautiful book and an excellent selection of Shurin's work. A poetry of lyric complexity, determined in its exploration of the `personal' as a territory of multiple voices and multiple selves - Michael Palmer. For three decades Aaron Shurin's poetry has been at the forefront of innovative American writing. An essayist and teacher as well as a poet, his work has appeared in over a dozen U.S. and international anthologies, and he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Shurin teaches creative writing at San Francisco State U

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Aaron Shurin is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Paradise of Forms: Selected Poems, one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 1999. He lives in San Francisco.
Published January 1, 1999 by Talisman House. 142 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the disjunctive lyric of Shurin's ""Parallel Views"" (The Graces, 1983), the work grows increasingly tactical, refracted and serial, advancing from interior depths to syntactic horizons: ""Wasp of benevolent diction in contention with cars, a narrow pole deep into the North dug with cautious...

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