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Recovered Body

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The fourth collection of poems by Scott Cairns, Recovered 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 rich ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by George Braziller
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Peter Kerry Powers
Aug 17, 2011 Peter Kerry Powers rated it really liked it
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
Jul 17, 2012 Julie Davis rated it did not like it
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 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.
Apr 30, 2012 Richard marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Another book of poems that I started, liked a lot, but have yet to finish. Loved the poem "Interval with Erato."
Apr 26, 2009 Philip rated it it was amazing
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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Shelves: poetry, read-in-2015
I appreciate this much more the second time through, probably seven years later. Rich, embodied, and incarnational. I loved this collection.
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