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On the Vanishing of Large Creatures

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As her title suggests, Susan Hutton's poems are about vanishing not disappearances, exactly, but the way anything can appear lost when it becomes something else. Moving deftly from Houdini to the backyard, from Euclid's proofs to an inexplicable suicide, Hutton's poems are about finding, collecting, and saving, are themselves dazzling little assemblages of the ordinary and ...more
Paperback, 66 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press (first published January 16th 2007)
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Derek
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
A meticulous and affecting collection, Susan Hutton's On the Vanishing of Large Creatures is imbued with a sense of history alongside its more personal connections, a feature used to wonderful effect. Its obsessions seem to revolve around the gathering of knowledge, and our occasional failure to do so (a memorable line from "Therefore," beautiful in its economy: "We can know only so much of the world").

Hutton's lyricism is admirable throughout, and yet for me it was the poems' intellectual heft
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Jeff
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mutual acquaintances
Recommended to Jeff by: a desire to read books by people i knew once
EVENT HORIZON

Schwarzschild’s solutions to Einstein’s equations showed
that some black holes were spinless, perfectly
spherical and, therefore, could be identical,
twins as long as their masses were equal.

Gastropods have no ears but most of them can at least
sense light and dark, can learn something about their world.

My mother discovered my chickenpox because
I whined, “There’s something in my eye” all day.

We sit on cool grass together knowing
she also will attend, but when we witness
her arrival, only
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Craig
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Read as 4 1/2 stars)

Now this one *did* "hit" me. Much moreso than other books of poetry I have read recently.

There is a quiet mixture of desperation and hope in these delicious lines. To use a very overused adjective, I would say that the whole collection is haunting.

Absolutely fantastic poetry. Can't wait to read more from her.
Julie
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorites, umich
I first picked up this collection because the author is a graduate of UM's MFA program and resides in Ann Arbor. It soon became one of my favorites. Hutton's debut is filled with poems that draw from a broad intellectual tradition and yet are grounded in the personal details of daily life. Like any good book, it challenges me to be a better writer.
Ploughshares
Susan Hutton's On the Vanishing of Large Creatures won our eighteenth annual John C. Zacharis First Book Award. The award honors the best debut book by a Ploughshares writer, alternating between poetry and fiction.

You can read the full announcement here: http://www.pshares.org/issues/article...
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