Swarm by Jorie Graham


byJorie Graham

Paperback | June 5, 2001

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T S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery -- and Jorie Graham. The New Yorker places Ms. Graham in this distinguished line of poets, heralding the Pulitzer Prize winner as a profound voice in American poetry. Now, in her eighth collection, she further enhances her reputation with a book-length sequence of verse that is a stunning work of grandeur.

The New Republic writes, "for 'swarm,' in other words...read 'be born again.' Graham is writing about a spiritual turning point, a new beginning.... Beauty -- that is, the pure sense-perception which has long been a concern for Graham -- is no longer the most important criterion. Now goodness is...[and] the idea of submission, of obedience, without understanding: one must 'yield' before 'hearing the reason' for yielding."

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Jorie Graham is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the Pulitzer Prize. She divides her time between western France and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches at Harvard University.

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Title:SwarmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 8.5 × 6.5 × 0.28 inPublished:June 5, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006093509X

ISBN - 13:9780060935092

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"From a noted syntax of elaboration, a poetics of copula, [Graham] has pared a syntax of implication, the poetics of meanwhile. And yet, these poems are among the most intense, personal, and ardent that she has written....Swarm is a startling departure for Graham, and an incredibly complex and surprising one." (Boston Book Review, January/February 2000)