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Poetry. Juliet Patterson incorporates the voices of Emily Dickinson, Lorine Niedecker, and Wallace Stevens, drawing into her stunning debut a fascination with the difficult, the improbable, and the uneasy. There is a quiet ferocity to mourn the world's injustice and a passion in her work expressing the perplexities of love, grace, and consciousness. For all their easy flue ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Nightboat Books (first published 2006)
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Juliet Patterson's first collection of poems, The Truant Lover, selected by Jean Valentine for the 2004 Nightboat Books poetry contest, is a pastiche of American voices, a well of poems with passages that hint and nod at past poets while remaining wholly their own. Patterson is a true rock star on the page, with poems ranging from broken syntax to the sparsest phrase to the Queen's English. This is a highly philosophical book, one that does not flinch as it goes to the heart of who we are.
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May 28, 2007 William Stobb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Andre Breton, Rene Char, Frida Kahlo, Mina Loy
These are lovely surrealist poems, with transformations, leaps of imagination, lovely control of voice and tone. They're yummy like chocolate. Or red wine. Or chocolate covered red wine.
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Juliet Patterson's first book, The Truant Lover, was selected by Jean Valentine as the 2004 winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a 2007 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 26, American Letters & Commentary, Bellingham Review, Bloom, Conduit, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Swerve, Washington Square, Verse and ...more
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