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The Resource By the numbers, James Richardson

By the numbers, James Richardson

Label
By the numbers
Title
By the numbers
Statement of responsibility
James Richardson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "For James Richardson, poetry is speculative and serious play. By the Numbers captivates with its range of line and movement, its microlyrics, crypto-quatrains, and "ten-second essays," its aphorisms that twist and snap. Drawing from myriad lore--Ovidian and Shakespearean, georgic and scientific--Richardson makes familiar scenes strange enough to provoke startling insights."--P. [4] of cover
  • "Richardson is one of the finest poets now writing, and the best contemporary practitioner of the art of aphorism, as this eighth collection of poems and aphorisms will attest. Richardson's aphorisms--of which there are 170 in this book--are nothing short of genius, concise, reflexive, witty, wise, and startlingly true: "Spontaneity takes a few rehearsals," reads one; "Beware of speaking of The Rich as if they were someone else," reads another; "Loving yourself is about as likely as tickling yourself," says a third, and there's much more where these came from. In his poems, Richardson speaks with a world-weary voice that is also at times cautiously optimistic, managing to view the world from intimately personal and omniscient vantage points at the same time. One group of poems tries to take the measure of experience via numbers, letters, and "The stars in order of/ magnitude." Another suite anchored in Greek myths finds new resonance for old stories: "Did a god steal her daughter/ or has she been living all this time in Manhattan ...?" Throughout, Richardson's aphoristic powers resurface, yielding stellar lines. Richardson deserves wider recognition, and this book should earn it."--Publishers Weekly
Awards note
National Book Award finalist, 2010
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Richardson, James
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.I3178
LC item number
B9 2010
Literary form
poetry
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American poetry
  • Poetry
Label
By the numbers, James Richardson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A Lannan literary selection"--P. [4] of cover
  • Poems
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (p. 107-109)
Contents
[Pt.] I. Bit Parts. Northwest passage -- In Shakespeare -- Special victims unit -- Subject, verb, object -- Emergency measures -- Metallurgy for dummies -- Head-on -- Iron age -- Classic bar scenes : Apollo at happy hour ; Ovidian deposition ; Pygmalion among the young ; Twilight of a God ; Orpheus at last call ; Apollo in age -- Zeus : a press conference -- State-sponsored -- Echo -- Bit parts -- The God who -- [pt.] II. Vectors 3.0 : even more aphorisms and ten-second essays -- [pt.] III. By the numbers. By the numbers -- Birds in rain -- Are we alone? or Physics you can do at home -- Prokaryotes -- The stars in order of -- Origin of language -- Songs for senility -- Room temperature -- [pt.] IV. Small hours. Shore town, winter -- Tableau -- Postmortem Georgic -- Night lights : (1977- ) ; Blackout ; The rich man sotto voce ; To a tea ; Slice of life ; Who has seen the wind ; Red, green, blue ; Star ; Reading light -- Roads not taken -- Roads taken -- End of summer
Control code
318876927
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 111 p.
Isbn
9781556593208
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010019847
System control number
(OCoLC)318876927
Label
By the numbers, James Richardson
Publication
Note
  • "A Lannan literary selection"--P. [4] of cover
  • Poems
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (p. 107-109)
Contents
[Pt.] I. Bit Parts. Northwest passage -- In Shakespeare -- Special victims unit -- Subject, verb, object -- Emergency measures -- Metallurgy for dummies -- Head-on -- Iron age -- Classic bar scenes : Apollo at happy hour ; Ovidian deposition ; Pygmalion among the young ; Twilight of a God ; Orpheus at last call ; Apollo in age -- Zeus : a press conference -- State-sponsored -- Echo -- Bit parts -- The God who -- [pt.] II. Vectors 3.0 : even more aphorisms and ten-second essays -- [pt.] III. By the numbers. By the numbers -- Birds in rain -- Are we alone? or Physics you can do at home -- Prokaryotes -- The stars in order of -- Origin of language -- Songs for senility -- Room temperature -- [pt.] IV. Small hours. Shore town, winter -- Tableau -- Postmortem Georgic -- Night lights : (1977- ) ; Blackout ; The rich man sotto voce ; To a tea ; Slice of life ; Who has seen the wind ; Red, green, blue ; Star ; Reading light -- Roads not taken -- Roads taken -- End of summer
Control code
318876927
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 111 p.
Isbn
9781556593208
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010019847
System control number
(OCoLC)318876927

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