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5[actual symbol not reproducible] is a thirty-five-part sequence of interlocking poems that form a vast, brilliant allegory, combining themes of magic, spiritual transcendence and exploration. In luminously crafted verse, Christopher combines such seemingly disparate subjects as the lives of Harry Houdini and the English mystic and mathematician John Dee (who invented a la ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Penguin Books
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Anna
Feb 14, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant earth-soaked poems with swooping imagination and sharp teeth.
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Fritz lent me this one and I loved it. The long title poem was just amazing--the recurring themes, the historical elements, I was just really impressed. I liked quite a few of the other poems as well. There were some that made me say "Oh!" and close the book (which I think is a good thing--poems that overwhelmed me with their beauty such that I couldn't keep reading and had to come back to the book later). "The Quinero Sisters, 1968" was a poem like this. There were others (like "After a Long Il ...more
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Imagination poetry at its best!
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Nicholas Christopher was born and raised in New York City. He was educated at Harvard College, where he studied with Robert Lowell and Anthony Hecht. Afterward, he traveled and lived in Europe. He became a regular contributor to the New Yorker in his early twenties, and began publishing his work in other leading magazines, both in the United States and abroad, including Esquire, the New Republic, ...more
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