Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Vectors: Aphorisms & Ten-Second Essays” as Want to Read:
Vectors: Aphorisms & Ten-Second Essays
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Vectors: Aphorisms & Ten-Second Essays

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
James Richardson is one of the finest poets now writing, and the best contemporary practitioner of the art of aphorism."—Publishers Weekly

"Not since the appearance of W. S. Merwin's translations and adaptations of aphorisms in Asian Figures, some thirty years ago, has an American poet managed to put down so much delightful and compelling wisdom."—American Literary Review

Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Ausable Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Vectors, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Vectors

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 113)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mar 09, 2011 Zack added it
I liked this book a lot. I found it helpful for understanding myself better and becoming a happier and kinder person.

This is a book of 500 aphorisms and ten second essays. None of these are more than three or four sentences. Most are less than that. The book reminded me of two other books: Sand and Foam, by Khalil Gibran (which can be found here in full and "Your Time has Come," by Joshua Beckman. What connects these books is that they express lots of re
Mar 02, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: so-glad-i-read
The strongest aphorisms and essays in here are the ones that don't try too hard to emulate Zen koans. Richardson hits in here the kind of boiled-down wisdom that makes poetry so vital. I hate to say that there is the occasional item here that actually goes too far, but there were some that had me sold before their final twist at the end, but these are far outshone by the most brilliant. This is a book to tear into shreds to hang off your steering wheel, on the lampshade, to pop up randomly on yo ...more
Dec 17, 2007 Rebecca added it
Shelves: poetry
These aphorisms are really marvelous, in the tradition not only of proverbs, like Blake's "Proverbs of Hell," but also of fragment. I love the idea of the fragment as a unit of poetry - Jim's book is also fantastic for teaching the idea of a poem as the form of a thought, which has been invaluable introducing students new to poetry to the essentially formless-form of free verse. One of my favorites from the book, "All stones are broken stones."
Jul 27, 2010 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Richardson has made himself the posterchild for aphorists. Some times these aphorisms come very close to preachy zen-moralizing, but it’s a great genre and includes many great tibbets of wisdom and some rather fine poetry besides.
Apr 29, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aphorisms
Excellent collection of contemporary aphorisms. "Succeed and the world becomes just." or "If you're Larkin or Bishop, one book a decade is enough. If you're not? More than enough."
Simon Hoyt
Simon Hoyt marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2016
Fogheart marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2016
Marc Kohlman
Marc Kohlman marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2016
Rahul Goyal
Rahul Goyal marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2016
Henry Selzer
Henry Selzer marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2016
Lisa marked it as to-read
May 30, 2016
abcdefg marked it as to-read
May 26, 2016
Adaś marked it as to-read
May 13, 2016
Peter Capofreddi
Peter Capofreddi rated it it was amazing
May 12, 2016
Christine marked it as to-read
May 22, 2016
Allan Groves
Allan Groves rated it it was amazing
Apr 15, 2016
Roz marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2016
Jenny marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2016
Kalena marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2016
Charles rated it it was amazing
Jan 18, 2016
Steve marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Balasanjeevi marked it as to-read
Dec 26, 2015
Jane marked it as to-read
Dec 06, 2015
Sarah marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2015
Caitlin rated it really liked it
Jul 27, 2015
Ryan marked it as to-read
Jun 04, 2015
Caitlynn marked it as to-read
May 28, 2015
Chad Hall
Chad Hall marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2015
Tabby rated it it was amazing
May 18, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book

“To me the great divide is between the talkative and the quiet. Do they just say everything that's on their minds, even before it's on their minds? Sometimes I think I could just turn up my head like a Walkman so what's going on there could be heard by others. But there would still be a difference. For inside the head they are talking to people like them, and I am talking to someone like me: he is quiet and doesn't much like being talked at; he can't conceal how easily he gets bored.” 7 likes
“All work is the avoidance of harder work.” 7 likes
More quotes…