Item description for American Girl (New Issues Poetry & Prose) by Cynie Cory...
A Brenda Hillman Selection
"Cynie Cory's poems dare to approach the sublime---the sublime in madness, in desire, in grief. Laments, love letters, eulogies---all of these surface in the seascape of American Girl." ---Kathryn Harrison
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 6" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher New Issues Poetry & Prose
ISBN 1930974302 ISBN13 9781930974302
Reviews - What do customers think about American Girl (New Issues Poetry & Prose)?
To the point Apr 19, 2005
Cory plays with images and puts it all on the table for everyone to see. In American Girl, Cory touches on almost all subjects dealing with being a female. She takes us through heartbreak, love, and even through gun rights. I believe that Cory put her heart into this book and the readers will see. A must read.
An amazing American Girl Apr 15, 2005
Cynie Cory, our very own alumnus of FSU is an amazing writer. Cory has been published in literary magazines as the non-profit literary magazine, Indian Review. If the cover of the book doesn't make you just want to pick up the book at once then I don't know what will. Aside from the brilliant defining poems Cory has brilliantly written I can't help but to admire the beautiful cover art of her book, American Girl. What intrigued me the most was the almost not meant to be seen writings on the cover, " winter never really finishes itself when the ice breaks free. It's still winter." Makes you think just like her many poems within this book. The amazing peaceful, befitting, and to the point poems is what makes this book so outstanding. This amazing American girl may just be among us Seminoles and we must keep an eye out for her and her future writings. This "American Girl" is definitely a must have in your collection of poetry.
A Great Piece of Contemporty American Poetry Apr 15, 2005
I've taken a couple classes taught by Dr. Cory so my perspective on her work might be a little skewed, but I think this book of poetry is beautiful. American Girl is held together by recurring motifs, such as the repeated use of water, that are intertwined with well placed imagery. Winter is also a common thread and the poems really bring the reader back to a time in their life that is tied closely to the seasons. My favorite poem is The Theory of Everything. It is all about not being confined and wanting to be free. Most poems of this nature are dark and depressing, yet The Theory of Everything is quite optimistic. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to dive into a great piece of contemporary American poetry.
If I could, I'd give it more than five stars Apr 14, 2005
This is the best book of poetry that I've read in a long time. Cynie Cory is brilliant and eclectic in her work, showing off a wide range of forms and subject matter as she questions the role of females in America. Her poems are quiet and deafening, meek and confident all at once. She doesn't beat around the bush, she gets right to the point. If you love beautiful images, there is much to be found throughout her poems, many that reoccur such as winter imagery, plums, directional references, etc. But the best thing about the book is that it does not give you any answers. Is Cory the quintessential American girl, or the underlying truth of girlhood in America? She leaves that up to the reader. Overall, a truly masterful book.
This is a lovely snowy thing Apr 28, 2004
Great fun in this book of modulated and in some ways midwest-obsessed poetry. The great trick about this book is that it is both accessible and heady, experimental but not obnoxiously so. We see plenty of winter herein, and plenty of play with gender (as the title suggests, as the blurbs suggest). I am ordering more. I suggest you do too.