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The Sacraments of Desire

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Graywolf Press
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The speaker of these poems seems entirely out of touch with the privileged position she speaks from (world tourist to remote areas of Greece, Mexico, etc) and so makes the emotions she tries to convey (usually vague pain, hurt, depression?) seem small, petty and solipsistic. She fails to acheive any kind of poetic diction and her political gestures -- usually sexual politics -- are absurd.
Ron Mohring
I have to give this a 5 because of the number of times I've read it, and because this is one of the books I'd save from my apartment if it were on fire.
Jeremy Allan
Here are some loose notes I took after finishing this book:

—A book about the Other. We don't need training in psychoanalysis to see "desire" as the urge to close the gap with the Other.

—How doubtful I am of those who would suspend desire, act as if there is no Other, all things being one.

—But Otherness can be hyperbolized, distorted.

—A seemingly blank I/Eye, passing through Otherness. Witnessing? Is it less violent for its use of understatement?

—It is understated. Spare speaker in contextualized
Quiet, thoughtful poems, poems that seem to unravel at the end, sometimes inexplicably, sometimes for a very good purpose.
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Linda Gregg is the author of six books of poetry: In the Middle Distance, Things and Flesh, Chosen by the Lion, The Sacraments of Desire, Alma,Too Bright to See and All of It Singing. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Literary Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won 2006 PEN/Voelcker Award winner for Poetry and has won a Whiting Award. S ...more
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