Radial Symmetry

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Yale University Press, Apr 26, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 62 pages
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Katherine Larson is the winner of the 2010 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. With "Radial Symmetry," she has created a transcendent body of poems that flourish in the liminal spaces that separate scientific inquiry from empathic knowledge, astute observation from sublime witness. Larson's inventive lyrics lead the reader through vertiginous landscapes - geographical, phenomenological, psychological - while always remaining attendant to the speaker's own fragile, creaturely self. An experienced research scientist and field ecologist, Larson dazzles with these sensuous and sophisticated poems, grappling with the powers of poetic imagination as well as the frightful realization of the human capacity for ecological destruction. The result is a profoundly moving collection: eloquent in its lament and celebration. Metamorphosis [an excerpt]: We dredge the stream with soup strainers and separate dragonfly and damselfly nymphs - their eyes like inky bulbs, jaws snapping at the light as if the world was full of tiny traps, each hairpin mechanism tripped for transformation. Such a ricochet of appetites insisting life, life, life against the watery dark, the tuberous reeds.
 

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Katherine Larson successfully combines science and poetry to create a haunting book of poems. I love her work. Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ONE
STATUARY
LOW TIDE EVENING
STUDY FOR LOVES BODY
PREPARING FOR SLEEP
CRYPSIS AND MIMICRY
THE ORANGES IN UGANDA
RISK
WATER CLOCKS
THREE
GHOST NETS
FOUR
LANDSCAPE TILTING TOWARDS OBLIVION
BROKE THE LUNATIC HORSE

A LIME TREE FOR SAN CRISTÓBAL
LOVE AT THIRTYTWO DEGREES
TWO
THE GARDENS IN TUNISIA
LAKE OF LITTLE BIRDS
DJENNÉ MALI
ALMOST A FIGURE
GRANDFATHER OUTSIDE
OF THE BEACHCOMBERS UNDER AIRPLANES X
PIANO LESSONS
SOLARIUM
METAMORPHOSIS
PATIENCE
MASCULINEFEMININE
ONE DEFINITION OF A CIRCLE
NOTES
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