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Oracle Figures [Paperback]

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This is Pankey's sixth book, showing a poet in mid-career who is known for his elegant lyrics and classical purity of phrasing. John Taylor in The Antioch Review called Pankey's work "an arduous spiritual pilgrimage' of the highest metaphysical order."

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2003
Publisher   Ausable Press
ISBN  193133708X  
ISBN13  9781931337083  

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More About Eric Pankey

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Pankey is the author of seven previous books: For the New Year, which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Heartwood, Apocypha, The Late Romances, Cenotaph, which won the Poetry Award from the Library of Virginia, Oracle Figures and Reliquaries. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. A professor of English at George Mason University, he lives with his wife and daughter in Fairfax, Virginia.

Eric Pankey currently resides in Fairfax, in the state of Virginia. Eric Pankey was born in 1959.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > United States
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > 20th Century
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > General

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A true and lyrical elegance  Jun 10, 2007
An accomplished and award-winning poet, Eric Pankey's free form verse offers the reader a true and lyrical elegance. Articulate and literate, each carefully crafted, deftly worded poem comprising "Oracle Figures" resonates with word rhythm and conjured image reflecting Pankey's unique voice in contemporary American poetry. 'Epitaph': Beyond the traceries of the auroras,/The fires of tattered sea foam,/The ghost-terrain of submerged icebergs;/Beyond a cinder dome's black sands;/Beyond peninsula and archipelago,/Archipelago and far-flung islands,/You have made of exile a homeland,/Voyager, and of that chosen depth, a repose.//The eel shimmers and the dogfish darts,/A dance of crisscrosses and trespasses/Through distillate glints and nacreous silts,/And the sun, like fronds of royal palm/Wind-torn, tossed, lashes upon the wake,/But no lamplight mars or bleaches your realm,/A dark of sediment, spawn, slough, and lees,/Runoff, pitch-black, from the rivers of Psalms.
Extraordinary  Nov 10, 2003
Although the quotidian glimmers around the vision in Eric Pankey's hypnotically rhythmic, lyrical poems, by the time one is three quarters into *Oracle Figures,* the deepening envelopment of the transcendent has so mesmerized that it is the ordinary world that is seen through a glass darkly; the marvelous supplants it. Incantatory, edging into a beyond, and mysterious, Eric Pankey's sixth collection projects its mystical envelopment so strongly that everything afterwards seems inconsequential or trivial. Nothing appears contrived or planned; the poems happen the way one hopes the miraculous will happen, quietly, with the authority of the absolute. An extraordinary collection, best read all at once, and then reread.

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