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Sleuth (New Issues Poetry & Prose) by Elaine Sexton
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 4, 2003
Publisher New Issues Poetry Press
ISBN 1930974299 ISBN13 9781930974296
Availability 0 units.
More About Elaine Sexton
Elaine Sexton is the author of Sleuth(New Issues, 2003). Her poems, reviews, essays, and art criticism have appeared in American Poetry Review, ARTnews, Art New England, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, River Styx, New Letters, the Writer's Chronicle (AWP), and numerous other journals. She teaches a poetry workshop at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, works in magazine publishing, and lives in New York City.
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Poems Where the Personal and the Public Meet May 14, 2003
Sexton's evocative language conjures places and people with vivid immediacy. The frozen New Hampshire pond where the boys ice-fish becomes a site for Sexton to consider what it means to be a girl in this culture. In the marvelous title poem, "Sleuth," readers follow the flashlight-wielding narrator, as she savors the stories and characters in her beloved Nancy Drew books. Sexton takes us into the subways of New York City, to Chinatown, to Greenwich Village where human dramas play out in the public sphere. While New Hampshire and New York are the geographical centres for these poems, these places are metaphorical sites as well. Sexton proves a wise guide to the places inside us, those damaged by loss, fear, dread. By the final poem in the book, "Rethinking Regret," the reader has traveled the cathartic arc of the book. SLEUTH is an excellent first book by a poet to watch.
an outstanding first collection May 11, 2003
Sleuth is a gem of a collection, filled with regret and longing for the past, joy in the present, and anticipation for the future. The poems are artistically and subtly arranged. While there is the ghost of a story here--a daughter's search for her father and a place to belong--Sexton avoids the easy chronological format and instead brings cohesiveness through image, metaphor, and motif. Poets who are wrestling with organizing a manuscript would do well to read and carefully study this collection.
Sexton knows her craft well. She is a master of imagery, irony, descriptive detail, and the long list. Most of the poems are written in highly polished free verse, but we also find an occasional sonnet and a few prose poems. Sexton offers us poems of complexity, poems that comfortably embrace contradictions: perfection and imperfection, religion and blasphemy, happiness and sadness, truth and fiction, mystery and clarity. Readers will find these poems a pleasure to read and then reread.