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Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue: Poems (Apr Honickman 1st Book Prize) (Paperback)

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By Ed Pavlic, Adrienne Rich (Introduction by)
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Winner of the APR/Honickman First Book.

In her introduction Adrienne Rich describes Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue, as "a fully conceived book, speaking as a whole from the first lines to the last... Mr. Pavlic has listened closely to our most profound American art, the blues and jazz, and that music has not only helped him achieve poetic form but allowed him to explore a mesh of experience extraneous to literary theories... This is intimate and soulful work, breathing, brushing, and tonguing its instrument."

In response to Charlie Parker's theory of art, "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn," Ed Pavlic breathes exuberant life into his poetry through rigorous attention to overlapping facets of language--visual, tonal, rhythmic.

from "Confessions of a Piano Roll Lover":

& this new player,
he's just a boy. Well
won't allow his thumb
to drag behind his
finger. Mistakes won't leave
exit wounds, or
in his lapel until
they're his alone. Grown.
With a pocket
Full of rock salt
in his gait, & jalape o

Ed Pavlic received his BA and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from Indiana University. He currently teach in the English Department at Union College in Schenectady, NY. His work has appeared in African American Review, Doubletake, The Black Warrior Review and elsewhere. His critical book, Crossroads Modernism: Descent and Emergence in African American Modernism is forthcoming in 2002. He lives in Schenectady, NY.

About the Author

Adrienne Rich is poet, essayist, and one of America's most widely read and respected literary figures. She has been a life-long activist for women's issues.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780966339581
ISBN-10: 0966339584
Publisher: American Poetry Review
Publication Date: September 1st, 2001
Pages: 75
Language: English
Series: Apr Honickman 1st Book Prize