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Lampblack & Ash: Poems [Paperback]

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[T]here is something utterly in thrall here, honey-slow and fixated. Driven by obsession-in particular, obsession with the legendary French poet, Robert Desnos-Muench's identification with a true self beyond the self's known truth is startling.-from the introduction by Carol Muske-Dukes

"Simone's poems have a confidence and sophistication of what I like to call intentionality. Also wit, grace, poise, and a relationship to writing beyond self-referential feeling."-Anne Waldman

"Lush, sprouting, sensuous images line-by-line, adopting myth freely, Muench's poems are volatile explosives, circling beauty."-James Tate

Simone Muench is poetry editor of ACM and is an assistant professor at Lewis University, as well as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Sarabande Books
ISBN  193251127X  
ISBN13  9781932511277  

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More About Simone Muench

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Simone Muench was raised in small Louisiana towns and the Ozarks in Arkansas. She is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing (Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry; Helicon Nine, 2000), Lampblack & Ash (Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry; Sarabande, 2005), and Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010). She has been a recipient of a two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, a VSC Fellowship, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, the Charles Goodnow Award, the AWP Intro Journals Project Award, the Poetry Center's Annual Juried Reading Award, and the PSA's Bright Lights/Big Verse Prize. She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is director of the writing program at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Switchback Books and UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry, and is an editor for Sharkforum.

Simone Muench was born in 1969.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > English > American Literature
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > United States
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > 20th Century
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Poem as Phoenix  Oct 27, 2006
How often does Keats get dragged out to do the bidding of some review--and yet it is difficult to imagine many books that would get closer to his advice to "load every rift with ore" than Simone Muench's Lampblack and Ash.

It isn't enough to say that Muench hears the music of the line, without acknowledging how she sees the visual music inside each word and the strumming of letter to letter. Her poems are at once, spare and ornate, rich and stark. These poems are muscular, gorgeous and perfectly composed.
An emotionally engaging collection of metaphorically intense poetry   Apr 3, 2006
Lampblack & Ash is an emotionally engaging collection of metaphorically intense poetry by Simone Muench delving deep into the intricacies of the poet's ever resplendent mind. As Lampblack & Ash progresses, readers will find their minds entranced by the poise, flow and infecting linguistics of Muench. Elegy For The Unsaid (after Neruda): In this mouth I gather darkness, an aria,/rosewater tongue, tympanic bone,/a poem more quiet than quietness,/a bronze song, something undone, salvia,/a crushed butterfly./It is the blood on a light bulb, the seventh sadness,/a fluctuation that closes oceans and eyes./The vermilion and solitary luminary/shimmies and singes the feathers of the aviary.//Moon, the clock's word, dear country, ruin, rain.

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