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Wild Civility

byDavid Biespiel

Paperback | October 1, 2003

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David Biespiel?s long poetic lines crackle with rhythmic energy and a jazzy, bittersweet richness of language. Rolling out across the page like darkly luminous highways, his innovative, nine-line "American sonnets" promise adventure, offering a variant on the sonnet form that is both lyric and dramatic and bringing his masterful formal inventiveness to free verse. "I?ve come to imagine the nine-line sonnet to be like one of those classic Thunderbirds," says Biespiel, "something distinctly American: wide, roomy, and with a robust engine."

The vastly varied voices within the poems are united by a wonderfully limber diction. Using with revelatory precision the vocabularies of history, science, art, sport, philosophy, religion, literature, government, and domestic life, Biespiel has crafted a hip, melodic, elastic language that travels the registers of expression: lush and coarse, gaudy and austere, pliant and rigidly tough. The civility of the poems is the form; the wildness is the bristling energy of the language.

Passionate, resilient, rich with wit and word play, these poems affirm David Biespiel?s increasing stature as a poet of remarkable accomplishment and promise.

David Biespiel teaches English at Oregon State University and is Writer in Residence at The Attic in Portland, Oregon. His honors include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He is the author of Shattering Air.
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Title:Wild CivilityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.26 inPublished:October 1, 2003Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295983523

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Table of Contents

Preface

PaganHallucinationUnder a Blossoming Plum TreeFrench KissPoetsDear JusticeExplication de TexteFaithGentrificationAfter the WeddingDrunksShouldersBrawlsSangriaXerxesPrayerStarlingsExileGodhoodFerdinand MagellanPartiesSpiritual GuyBrusqueArs PoeticaKazooCivilization in the Next WarHomeAmichai 1924-2000Hermes

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David Biespiel?s long poetic lines crackle with rhythmic energy and a jazzy, bittersweet richness of language. Rolling out across the page like darkly luminous highways, his innovative, nine-line "American sonnets" promise adventure, offering a variant on the sonnet form that is both lyric and dramatic and bringing his masterful formal inventiveness to free verse. "I?ve come to imagine the nine-line sonnet to be like one of those classic Thunderbirds," says Biespiel, "something distinctly American: wide, roomy, and with a robust engine."The vastly varied voices within the poems are united by a wonderfully limber diction. Using with revelatory precision the vocabularies of history, science, art, sport, philosophy, religion, literature, government, and domestic life, Biespiel has crafted a hip, melodic, elastic language that travels the registers of expression: lush and coarse, gaudy and austere, pliant and rigidly tough. The civility of the poems is the form; the wildness is the bristling energy of the language.Passionate, resilient, rich with wit and word play, these poems affirm David Biespiel?s increasing stature as a poet of remarkable accomplishment and promise.Wild in its imaginative thrust, civil in its formal command, this glowing new sequence represents David Biespiel's best poetry to date. - Stanley Plumly