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Floating City: Poems
Anne Pierson Wiese's first collection of poems illuminates the everyday and the lessons to be learned amid life's routines. The poems in Floating City might be called poetry of place. Many are set in New York City, but they simultaneously inhabit a realm in which a mundane physical location or daily exchange can be seen to have human significance beyond the immediate. When ...more
Paperback, 66 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Louisiana State University Press
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Winner of the Walt Whitman Award, Floating City is a very pleasing first collection of poems. Wiese was born in Minnesota but raised in Brooklyn. She brings a naturalist’s attention to the urban ecosystem, studying what others overlook, finding wonder in what others find inconvenient or intrusive. Busboys who spill tea on occupied tabletops to clean the table. Homeless people whose bodies sprawl across subway seats or whose carts of stuff fill valuable standing space. A stranger from one part of ...more