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Rain Mirror: New Poems
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date September 1, 1999
Pages 100
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811214261
ISBN-10 0811214265
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.28 lbs.
Original list price $13.95
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Summary
Presents two long poems, 'Haiku Edge'--a poem of linked haiku--and 'Crisis Blossom'--a record of the author's recovery from a psychological crisis (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "Rain Mirror", writes poet Michael McClure, "is my most bare and forthright book. It contains two long poems, 'Crisis Blossom' and 'Haiku Edge' which are quite disparate from one another". Yet brought under a single cover, the poems compliment each other as do light and dark, the Apollonian and the Dionysian, Yin and Yang. "Haiku Edge" is a serial poem of linked haikus in the American idiom. Often humorous, sometimes harsh, always elegant, they catch moments in the landscape of Oakland's East Bay Hills where McClure now lives. "Crisis Blossom" in contrast is a long poem in three parts ("Graftings", "After the Solstice", and "After Meltdown") that record the poet's months' long shock and recovery after a near-fatal airplane accident. It is, in McClure's words, "my state of psyche, capillaries, muscles, fears, boldnesses, and hungers, down where they exist without management". With Rain Mirror, the poet moves in two directions, inward and outward, to arrive at the balance point between the self and nonself: There's Me/and no me/on the other side/I'm here under hand/And There/where thoughts glide".

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9780811214261 | details & prices | 100 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.28 lbs | List price $13.95
About: Presents two long poems, 'Haiku Edge'--a poem of linked haiku--and 'Crisis Blossom'--a record of the author's recovery from a psychological crisis

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