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Recovered Body

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The fourth collection of poems by Scott Cairns, Recoverd Body employs disarming language as it revises and gives new life to a wide range of familiar stories. Here, we overhear some of Wallace Stevens's late ruminations, we witness an erotic frolicking between poet and muse, and we receive an epistle on the subjects of love and the body from Mary Magdalen. The poet's richl ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published December 18th 2003 by Eighth Day Pr (first published August 1998)
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Peter Kerry Powers
I admired these poems more than I loved them. Though that may say more about me than about the poems. Believing with the Konstanz school that the work of art is an event occurring only when an object is encountered, reviewers should probably preface what they have to say with self-critique, admitting that, after all, every act of criticism is disguised autobiography, or at least disguised desire. (How else to account for the different ways a person takes a book in the course of a life—thrilled i ...more
Julie Davis
I'll be the first to admit that I'm no expert in poetry but I know what I like (and I like those dogs playing poker so you just get your mitts off that painting!).

Now, where was I?

Oh, yes. Poetry.

I don't insist that poetry rhyme, although I definitely prefer it if it does. Which puts Scott Cairns at a definite disadvantage since a lot of the poems in this book were prose sentences set in blocks. (You're right ... it DOES sound like paragraphs. But these were very, very short and blocky paragraph
I appreciate this much more the second time through, probably seven years later. Rich, embodied, and incarnational. I loved this collection.
I enjoyed this book very much, especially the last section which retells well-known Bible stories in prose poems. For instance, in the poem titled "The Turning Of Lot's Wife", Cairns gives this oft overlooked woman a name and a history. We walk away from the poem caring deeply for her. I also enjoyed Cairns poem titled "Interval With Erato", where the poet is sexually intimate with the muse. Wonderful!
A beautiful book. I'm yet to find a book of poetry that explores the mystical power of language and the linguistic power of spirit more intelligently than this one.
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Another book of poems that I started, liked a lot, but have yet to finish. Loved the poem "Interval with Erato."
Angela Carlson
Still my favorite collection from this poet- embodied and rich, the poems dig in deep.
Ian Bennett
One of those books that define everything you do after you read it.
I finally obtained this out of print book. I Mr. Cairns has bumped off Mr. Heaney as my favorite poet... see especially his psuedo-midrashes on Creation and Jonah.
Loaned to Brittny.
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