Friday, March 19, 2021

The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry / The Dream of the Unified Field, by Jorie Graham


The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry

For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Three thousand dollars ($3,000).

The Dream of the Unified Field, by Jorie Graham (The Ecco Press)


By Jorie Graham

For this major collection, spanning twenty years of writing, Jorie Graham has made a generous selection from her five previous volumes of poetry: Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts, Erosion,The End of Beauty, Region of Unlikeness, and Materialism.

In these pages we witness the maturation and evolution of a startling and searching poetic voice. The New York Times Book Review described Graham's first book, Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts, as announcing "a poet of large ambitions and reckless music."

With each succeeding book, she has enlarged the poems' reach and scope and sought out new thematic and stylistic territory. David St. John, writing in The Los Angeles Times, recognized that, withThe End of Beauty and Region of Unlikeness, Jorie Graham "emerged as one of our most highly imaginative and innovative poets." And of Materialism, he said, "[her] speculative and sensual poetry... echoes an aesthetic and cultural past but is, truly, like nothing we've seen before."

To the sizable body of praise for her work, James Tate has added, "Jorie Graham is a poet of staggering intelligence. Her poems are constantly on the attack. She assays nothing less than the whole body of our history reshaping myth in ways that risk new knowledge, fresh understanding of all that we might hope to be."

(From the jacket)

Copyright: 1995, The Ecco Press

Jorie Graham attended New York University as an undergraduate and received an MFA from the University of Iowa. Ms. Graham is currently on the faculty of the Writers' Workshop at The University of Iowa. A recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, she lives in Iowa City with her husband and daughter.


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