Approximate Darling


Title Details

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 06/01/1996

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1811-0

List Price: $19.95

Related Subjects

POETRY / American / General

Approximate Darling


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  • Description

In her most ambitious collection of poems to date, Lee Upton extends and deepens her experiments with perception and language.

Drawn into the orbit of her poems are multiple figurations--a Dante-inspired guide and a Leonardo da Vinci cartoon, Hamlet's Gertrude, and Lewis Carroll's Alice--and Emily Dickinson, Beatrix Potter, Louise Bogan, and Sylvia Plath.

While investigating elements of women's biological, emotional, and spiritual experiences that prove particularly recalcitrant to language, she draws her attention to the "relentless experiment" of pregnancy and childbirth.

Upton examines fleeting moments when objects are seen at the periphery of vision and draws upon the language we use in contemplating the psychic aftereffects of contemporary violence, dispossession, and exclusion.

About the Author/Editor

LEE UPTON is the author of three additional books of poetry: Approximate Darling (Georgia), The Invention of Kindness, and No Mercy, a past winner of the National Poetry Series Competition. Upton has also written three books of literary criticism, most recently The Muse of Abandonment: Origin, Identity, and Mastery in Five American Poets. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.