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Wedding Day

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  5 reviews
From Ars Poetica Six monarch butterfly cocoons clinging to the back of your throat— you could feel their gold wings trembling. . . Dana Levin’s singular voice and talent are unmistakable. Wedding Day is Levin’s quest to synthesize the public and private, to find pattern and connection amid the disparate elements of modern life. Relentless in her examinations, she ultimatel ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Copper Canyon Press
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Like Jorie Graham, Dana Levin situates herself self-consciously at the center of her poems. She grapples with her own pain, suffering,and worry revolving around aesthetics--poetic form, teaching poetry, and words as revealers of meaning--and tries to reconcile it with that of the larger world. She casts her eye on the amputated, the drowned, men emerging from bushes with knives, wasted landscapes in which shopping carts are dragged siftly downriver, a man and woman "finished off" by a shot to th ...more
Read this for class; found it much more interesting than the others. Use of anatomical and "gross" imagery caught me and appealed to my medical side.
Oct 30, 2014 h rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014, poetry
a bit self-conscious for my personal taste.
As much as I'd like to reproduce here a poem from this collection, Levin's use of white space—and the limitations of Goodreads' formatting options—makes this impossible...
Liza Schreiner
<3 : glass heart, ars poetica (pollen), ambivalent light, desire (golden mean), painting vacation, sumer is icumen in
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Dana Levin is the author of "Sky Burial," "Wedding Day" and "In the Surgical Theatre," which received nearly every award available to first books and emerging poets. The Los Angeles Times says of her work, "Dana Levin's poems are extravagant...her mind keeps making unexpected connections and the poems push beyond convention...they surprise us." About Sky Burial The New Yorker writes: "Sky Burial b ...more
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In the Surgical Theatre Sky Burial From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great Poetry Magazine (September 2014)

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