Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer: Poems
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Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer: Poems

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Winner of the Levis Reading Prize "Tell me a story / of speed and tell it to me fast for the light is / gaining and I will wake and with this body / break the barrier between what I dream / and what my dreaming means." Sometimes a fact swings down like a hammer and we are changed. The fact of loss, the fact of desire, and all the wild, unruly facts of history hammer down a...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Lsu Press
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Scafidi has a knack for building poems that unfold a cosmic sense of time. Very little is bound to the arc of a human lifetime, or even to human history. Instead, the losses and loves evoked in the poems are placed in the context of a much grander scale of history, and so paradoxically take on both more weight and less. I enjoyed that slightly dizzying feeling, which was reinforced by whirling run-on sentences and careening turns of enjambment.

One drawback of the book came in moments when sonic...more
scafidi is a staple of my bedside table, to read a poem or two before going to sleep. i was introduced to his poetry when garrison keillor featured "prayer for a marriage" in his book "good poems," and have found that this slim volume was well worth the special order purchase.
Jul 25, 2007 Donnelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all poets . . .
If you have yet to read the poetry of Steve Scafidi . . . then you are in for a real treat . . . this is a poet with much to say . . .
Aug 25, 2011 Aran rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Good in a run-on breathless way. Very good out loud.
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