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The Caged Owl: New & Selected Poems Gregory Orr

The Caged Owl: New & Selected Poems

Gregory Orr

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ISBN : 9781556591778
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224 pages
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Gregory Orr’s genius is the transformation of trauma into art. Whether writing about his responsibility for a brother’s death during a hunting accident, drug addiction, or being jailed during the Civil Rights struggle, lyricism erupts in the midst ofMoreGregory Orr’s genius is the transformation of trauma into art. Whether writing about his responsibility for a brother’s death during a hunting accident, drug addiction, or being jailed during the Civil Rights struggle, lyricism erupts in the midst of desolation and violence. Orr’s spare, succinct poems distill myth from the domestic and display a richness of action and visual detail.This long-awaited collection is soulful work from a remarkable poet, whose poems have been described as mystical, carnal, reflective, and wry. (San Francisco Review)Love PoemA black biplane crashes through the windowof the luncheonette. The pilot climbs down,removing his leather hood.He hands me my grandmother’s jade ring.No, it is two robin’s eggs anda telephone number: yours.from Gathering the Bones TogetherA father and his four sonsrun down a slope towarda deer they just killed.the father and two sons carryrifles. They laugh, jostle,and chatter together.A gun goes offand the youngest brotherfalls to the ground.A boy with a riflestands beside him,screaming…Orr’s is an immaculate style of latent violence and inhibited tenderness, charged with a desperate intensity whose source is often obscure.—The New York Times Book ReviewGregory Orr is the author of seven volumes of poetry and three books of criticism. He is the editor at Virginia Quarterly Review, teaches at the University of Virginia, and lives with his wife and daughters in Charlottesville. In 2002, along with his selected poems The Caged Owl, he will also publish a memoir and a book about poetry writing: Three Strange Angels: Trauma and Transformation in Lyric Poetry.Also Available by Gregory Orr:Orpheus & Eurydice: A Lyric SequenceTP $12.00, 1-55659-151-9 • CUSA