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A Thief of Strings

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What is a nation when it ignores history? What is a man when he forgets his life? This acclaimed poet’s tenth collection chronicles our seeming, and apocalyptic, liberation from conscience—and even consciousness itself. These masterful poems, written in Donald Revell’s increasingly more enraptured and oracular style, delineate the consequences of such disregard in a manner ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Alice James Books
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Mia
Nov 25, 2007 Mia rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This star business isn't suited for books of poems, eh? Like, oh, an album, there are tracks that wreck me here, w/ their tender- and strangeness; others that leave me cold. Sometimes want Mr. R. to jostle his contents!

Loveliness throughout, tho':

"When I was a sunbeam
I landed in a tree.
I could see the president dying.
I could see the wolves come out of his mouth,
And the rabbit was ashes in their mouths,
Howling.
Love is a thing for my sole pleasure and for yours.
I am violets. You are broth.
God walk
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Jennn
Jun 29, 2009 Jennn rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2009
Revell’s book, “A Thief of Strings”, was catastrophic, hungry, dizzying, and confusing. It’s a kaleidoscope of words that became almost cacophonic, but instead it became a tease, a puzzle. It’s the kind of book that you know you’re not seeing the whole picture, but you like the colors and the energy. Is that enough to enjoy it? You’ll have to decide that. I did enjoy it although I know I was missing some key elements along the way. It’s not light, nor is it an easy read, but still satisfying.

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Jim Manis
Sep 25, 2014 Jim Manis added it
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The final poem, "A Thief of Strings," which provides the title for the book, stands out in the collection, as I suppose it should. The poem is 17 pages long and divided into 13 distinct sections that could be read individually.

Revell's poetry is easily accessible without being simplistic.

Part two of the collection contains 14 poems "for Robert Creeeley," and Revell's poetry is reminiscent of Creeley's work.
 Barb Bailey
Feb 26, 2009 Barb Bailey rated it it was ok
Far from my favorite poet. I like poetry that I don't have disect to figure out what the poet is trying to convey. Give me Frost, Walden, Angelou, Poe.......anyday over Revell.
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Revell has won numerous honors and awards for his work, beginning with his first book, From the Abandoned Cities, which was a National Poetry Series winner. More recently, he won the 2004 Lenore Marshall Award and is a two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Award in poetry. He has also received the Gertrude Stein Award, two Shestack Prizes, two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endo ...more
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