Threshold by James Longenbach
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Threshold is an extraordinary first collection that explores the shifting spaces between differing states of human experience. James Longenbach's poems dwell on metaphoric gates, doorways, and end points past which our everyday world seems luminous and strange. Technically superb and quietly moving, Threshold resonates with a fresh poetic voice.

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James Longenbach is a poet and critic. He is the author of The Art of the Poetic Line and several other critical works, as well as four collections of poetry, including The Iron Key. He is the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.
Published November 15, 1998 by University of Chicago Press. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Longenbach’s unabashed domesticity leads him to contemplate its foundation in houses: a burglary disturbs by what the burglar leaves behind (—Burglary—), how “real,” he wonders, is real estate (—Real Estate—), and a burnt-out house reveals a randomness (—Any House You Know—).

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Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats and Modernism), Longenbach places his mind against every external thing and creates artifacts of language at the borders and boundaries: ""We've learned/ These stories told about the natural world/ And now, dissatisfied, we pass them on."" (Nov.)

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