Fall

Fall This new book by award winning author Amy Newman explores as its formal structure the definitions for the word fall These lovely accessible poems span a narrative drama from the creation of the wo

  • Title: Fall
  • Author: Amy Newman
  • ISBN: 9780819567093
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • This new book by award winning author Amy Newman explores as its formal structure the 72 definitions for the word fall These lovely, accessible poems span a narrative drama from the creation of the world and the subsequent exile of its first inhabitants, through the downward movement of the human body in its surrender to illness and the world s gravitational pull, to tThis new book by award winning author Amy Newman explores as its formal structure the 72 definitions for the word fall These lovely, accessible poems span a narrative drama from the creation of the world and the subsequent exile of its first inhabitants, through the downward movement of the human body in its surrender to illness and the world s gravitational pull, to the beauty in the descent of spent foliage in autumn.Each definition of fall engenders its own poem, and the definitions serve as poem titles Section one explores the theological sense of The Fall, and section two focuses on the present world, addressing how the blemish of that Fall real or imagined, religious or cultural exists in us as homesickness, physical illness, and domestic and spiritual dissolution The third section attends to the very gesture of defining, of finding ways to name and live in a world where both the landscape and the language are vividly alive yet saturated with memory and loss.

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    1. It took me about eight tries to get into this unique collection of poems. I was the problem. Once I took time, settled myself, and slowly savored the words, I immediately started a list of friends with whom I want to share this book.Fall is one of those words like "take" or "pass" that need a page of the dictionary to cover all the definitions. Amy Newman writes a poem for each definition and idiom: intransitive verbs, transitive verbs, nouns.It begins with Eden. But then the poems become person [...]

    2. I appreciate the structure of the book, bracketing the narrative of Adam and Eve with the many different definitions of fall. It creates a sense of inevitability to their fall from grace. It even touches on the other narrative in the book, relating to the speaker's mother and father, and the happiness they would enjoy oblivious to the fall they would suffer after learning the mother was diagnosed with cancer. This event, the speaker losing her mother, becomes central to the book. And while the g [...]

    3. Here are Amy Newman’s superb iterations of the word “fall.” I’ve never read anything quite like it. I’m a long-time fan of Newman’s poetry, and it’s difficult to condense into words how I sometimes flinch while I marvel at the beauty of her writing: a shedding of the eye level of things --tinny cascade of objectsFor me, Fall defines how contemporary poetry must rear its rebellious, unkillable head -- with finesse, with daring in its exploitation of language, with unparalleled richn [...]

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