Pieces of Air in the Epic

Pieces of Air in the Epic

by Brenda Hillman

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Winner of the The Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award (2006)

In her newest poems, Brenda Hillman continues her exploration of nature and culture in ways that demonstrate her original place in experimental lyric traditions. Pieces of Air in the Epic is the second book of a tetrology that takes the elements—earth, air, water, fire—as its subject. As Hillman's previous collection, Cascadia, explores "earth," the present collection considers "air"—the many meanings of the word and the life-giving medium we breathe—to test a reality that is both political and personal.

These formally inventive poems reexamine epic and lyric, braiding fact and dream, the social with the self. Hypnotic, spare verses use air on the page as a matrix for cultural healing; some are presided over by a feminine presence and address war in human history, while others are set in streets, parks and wilderness. There are meditations on auras, dust motes, and reading in libraries as acts of restorative memory. This work fuses animist consciousness with cautionary prophecy, and belongs to the mode of H.D. and Robert Duncan. Hillman's poetry continues to explore ways in which human life might be redeemed by imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819567888
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of seven books of poetry, all published by Wesleyan. She teaches at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

Table of Contents

Street Corner
Thyme Suites
Reversible Wind
Air in the Epic
Green Pants & a Bamboo Flute
[untitled psalm]
The Value of Empty Protest
Doppler Effect in Diagram Three
Study of Air in Triangles
Wind Treaties
Altamont Pass
6 Components of Aristotle
White Fir Description
Statueless Architecture
The Corporate Number Rescue Album
The E in Being
On Carmerstrasse
Nine Unititled Epyllions
Your Fate
Echo 858
Manzinita Description
[untitled psalm]
Clouds Near San Leandro
An Oddness
Silent Reading
A Nextopia
Library Dust
Reference-Room Aura
Dust Acolytes
Fourth-Floor Hecatomb
Brittle Economics Monographs
Platonic Oxygen
Restless Auras
Dust Dialectical
Epoch of Dust
String Theory Sutra
Summer Garden
Mars Field Speaks to Vvedensky
Eyes in Aspens
Acknowledgments and Notes
About the Author 

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