Item description for The Coronary Garden: Poems by Ann Townsend...
"Ah to be the one for whom the love poems in this sexy, brainy, elegant book were written."-Linda Gregerson
The Coronary Garden is a collection braiding love and mortality. In "Love Poem, Unwritten," Townsend identifies a physical abnormality of the poet's heart as a figure for human love: fragile, vulnerable, our very imperfections opening us to connection and grace. Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics (1998). She lives in Granville, Ohio.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher Sarabande Books
ISBN 1932511105 ISBN13 9781932511109
Availability 0 units.
More About Ann Townsend
This book features the creations of various designers: Ann Townsend, Terry A. Ricioli, Kathleen Hurley, Kathy Wirth, Joan E. Ray, Sue Penrod, Kathleen J. Fischer, Kathleen Hurley, James R. Green, Teresa E. Barnett, Cheryl Krepps, and Michele Sartain.
Ann Townsend currently resides in Granville, in the state of Ohio. Ann Townsend was born in 1962.
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Wonderful poems Dec 17, 2005
I heard Ann Townsend read her poems in New York, and immediately got her book. Her poems are elegant but very tough- minded, with sinew. Outloud they are lyrical, graceful, in her voice, and on the page the grace becomes more terse. I love the poems about children -- her daughter, a stricken child in a hospital -- and her sense of wit, which seems nearly metaphysical, in the way it constructs and sustains a metaphor or an argument, deepening it, making it all the more complex inside her well-wrought sentences. "The Reliquary" is a great example: "The world with its dangers / submits to me, / my spells, my potions, / for I outguess the heavens, / and with that blasphemy // which makes better my heart, / I tap the seat belt, / the helmet, the pavement / and other hard surfaces, / I carry a picture of you, // my purse a reliquary / of your totems...." Other favorites here: "Preparatory Meditation," and several love poems like "Your Body's Weight Upon Me" and "Old Fashioned Kissing," and a number of historical poems like "St. Veronica's Trials," which tells the story of Veronica Orsola, a medieval nun who saw visions (due to, probably, her chosen anorexia!). This is incredible poetry.
Wonderful poetry Dec 6, 2005
Townsend is one of my favorite poets, and Coronary Garden is a brilliant book. The poems are lyrical, but have vivid narrative threads throughout them. They are beautiful, but there is often a terror, a haunt, a turmoil, at their hearts. A friend's suicide attempt, a striken child, a perilous love, a vanished father -- some of the stories beneath her stories. But I love most her very rich, dense, clear language. These poems sing. Read "Coronary Garden" or the poem about St. Veronica, and you'll see what I mean.