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Employing sonnets and sestinas as well as open forms, Measured Extravagance lyrically documents the messiness of grief and explores the complexity of devotion. Peg Duthie celebrates the conflicting demands of journeys as she travels from a Nashville recording studio to a congested street in Prague to the Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, and introduces us to sharpshooters ...more
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Published March 22nd 2012 by Upper Rubber Boot Books (first published March 14th 2012)
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Kristine Muslim
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Measured Extravagance is a refreshing blend of esoteric facts, dark humor, and nostalgia. We start with a striking cover that may be suggestive of how we can conjure something organic -- like feathers from an Erlenmeyer flask.

What I admire most about this book is Peg Duthie’s masterful treatment of highly politicized topics (such as the political inclinations of well-known scientists) into a non-politically-correct lattice. “A Particular Truth—1941” is a fine example. Its thematic kin is the unf
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Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Measured Extravagance is a refreshing blend of esoteric facts, dark humor, and nostalgia. We start with a striking cover that may be suggestive of how we can conjure something organic -- like feathers from an Erlenmeyer flask.

What I admire most about this book is Peg Duthie’s masterful treatment of highly politicized topics (such as the political inclinations of well-known scientists) into a non-politically-correct lattice. “A Particular Truth—1941” is a fine example. Its thematic kin is the unf
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Heather
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been thinking a lot about the title of Peg Duthie's poetry collection, Measured Extravagance. At first, it struck me as ironic, since the selections that resonated most with me all dipped into a deep well of intense emotion that didn't seem measured at all. "On Embodying an Asian Fantasy" offers a satisfying ferocity. "As She's Dying" is a poignant look at the deep ambivalence accompanying the loss of a family member with whom one has had a fraught relationship. Another favorite (and defini ...more
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Employing sonnets and sestinas as well as open forms, Measured Extravagance lyrically documents the messiness of grief and explores the complexity of devotion. Peg Duthie celebrates the conflicting demands of journeys as she travels from a Nashville, TN, recording studio to a congested street in Prague to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, and introduces us to sharpshooters, scientists, musicians, bakers, the dead, and those living on the edges of reality as th
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Peg Duthie shares an old house in Nashville with a tall motorcycle mechanic and a small piano.

Her poems, stories, and photographs have appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines.
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