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Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems

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It is the rare individual who has not, at one time or another, been kept awake for hours on end--as the rest of the world, maddeningly, appears to be comfortably lost in the nocturnal world of dreams.

Here is a treasury of verse on the rich subject of insomnia--meditations by poets who have sought to describe their own moments of solitude in darkness, when the world's regul
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 20th 1999 by Columbia University Press (first published October 15th 1999)
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Vikki Marshall
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely little book of poetry all about insomnia. Here we are blessed with the poems of Shakespeare, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, Sappho, Rimbaud, as well as poets from a full spectrum of cultures and eras. History has proven that many creative types are haunted by the madness of insomnia, perhaps most of our greatest artistic contributions come from treasured minds howling at the moon. Each of these pieces offer a different perspective of the agony of a disturbed night, some offe ...more
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Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, poetry
I often avoid anthologies that bring together older works with newer ones, simply because the same poems tend to get reprinted over and over again. This book found me as a gift or I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but really, I was pleasantly surprised. The focus of the theme led the editor to choose older poems that aren't so well-known, even where the authors most certainly are, so there were few poems here that I'd read in the past. I did find it to be somewhat uneven--the poems in the f ...more
Carolyn
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all Insomniacs on sleepless nights
Recommended to Carolyn by: friend
As an insomniac I undertood each of these poems and loved them.
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Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nightstand
As one who is well acquainted with the night, I always keep this book on my nightstand. There are some real gems that anyone who has ever suffered from insomnia will appreciate.
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Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, including Glass Town (Red Hen Press, 1999), Blue Venus (Persea, 2004), Satin Cash (Persea, 2008), Vanitas, Rough (Persea, 2012), and Orexia (Persea, 2017). She is the editor of Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson, Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems, and All that Mighty Heart: London Poems. A collection of her ...more