Room Where I Was Born

Paperback | October 16, 2003

byBrian Teare

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An architecture equally poetry, fairy-tale, autobiography, and fiction, The Room Where I Was Born rebuilds the house of the lyric from fragments salvaged from experience and literature. Though the poems are borne out of the intersection of violence and sexuality, they also affirm the tenderness and compassion necessary to give consciousness and identity sufficient meaning. Its language the threshold over which the brutal crosses into the beautiful, this collection is an achievement of courage and vision.

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An architecture equally poetry, fairy-tale, autobiography, and fiction, The Room Where I Was Born rebuilds the house of the lyric from fragments salvaged from experience and literature. Though the poems are borne out of the intersection of violence and sexuality, they also affirm the tend...

Brian Teare is a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellow. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, his poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Pleiades, and Colorado Review. This is his first book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:October 16, 2003Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299194043

ISBN - 13:9780299194048

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"Poem by poem, The Room Where I Was Born posits a house of words that is, however, a house 'the size and shape of not-telling / not hearing.' Probing the relationship of metaphor and point-of-view to silence and the 'literal' world, these poems' notable power lies in their daring to speak the truth, to hear and tell. Sensual, and smart as blazes, the poet's language, with its hypnotic recapitulations of image and motif, moves us to the deepest of interiors, the secret-holding chambers of the human heart. Teare's book is almost miraculously gracious and forgiving."—Kelly Cherry, Brittingham Prize judge and author of Rising Venus: Poems.