Joan Colby: Selected Poems

Joan Colby Selected Poems David Pichaske writes in the Foreword to this collection Thirty five years is a long time in anyone s career long enough to see how things turned out Long enough to allow us to draw some conclusions L

  • Title: Joan Colby: Selected Poems
  • Author: Joan Colby
  • ISBN: 9781938853296
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • David Pichaske writes in the Foreword to this collection Thirty five years is a long time in anyone s career long enough to see how things turned out Long enough to allow us to draw some conclusions Long enough to trace the arc of a career Joan Colby Selected Poems represents a body of work underwritten by an intelligence itself as fiery as it is sharp PhilipDavid Pichaske writes in the Foreword to this collection Thirty five years is a long time in anyone s career long enough to see how things turned out Long enough to allow us to draw some conclusions Long enough to trace the arc of a career Joan Colby Selected Poems represents a body of work underwritten by an intelligence itself as fiery as it is sharp Philip Dacey , both loud and haunting, both vivid and quiet as a falling stone Christina Zawadiwsky Includes selections from Blue Woman Dancing in the Nerve 1979 , Chagall Poems 1980 , Dream Tree 1980 , The Boundary Waters 1982 , How the Sky Begins to Fall 1982 , The Atrocity Book 1986 , The Lonely Hearts Killers 1986 , and Dead Horses 2012.

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    1. Joan Colby can write metaphors like Schubert wrote melodies, just by shaking them out of her sleeve. Here we see the arc of 35 years of poems, years in which a voice remains consistent even when changing over time. Colby’s themes thread their way through the book, the complex relationships between the sexes, the brutality of nature, the fickle gaze of history.In White Lilacs Colby confronts the cruelty of life directly. This writer doesn’t cringe or equivocate.A ghost walks over my grave as [...]

    2. A gigantic kudo to Diane Kistner and FutureCycle Press, as the cover of Colby’s collection is one of the most striking I’ve ever seen. Though the cover may appear stark, the poems are anything but. Colby’s writing is rich with subtle metaphor. Her powerful word choices add textured layers of meaning. This collection contains work from eight of Colby’s previously published chapbooks and books. Her poems talk about love, loss, family, nature, and historical characters. This stanza from “ [...]

    3. From the BookFrom THE BOUNDARY WATERS (Damascus Road, 1982)SALTCarry salt in your hand when passingfrom room to room in the dark.The wife of your friend holds out her arms.The salt of your tongue anoints her.She looks back stiffeningat the destroyed city of fidelity,sighing in your embrace.Now you’ve betrayed everyone.Bless yourself with Holy Water.These elementswere consecrated separately,then combined,just as your bodies became one bodybriefly in declining waves.Once salt was money, friendsh [...]

    4. "Each story is a mythIn which someone discovers fire, And the it all begins. "This is collected works from previous published poetry collection of Joan Colby. After reading this I have a new book on my wishlist. "How The Sky Begins To Fall" and have a new favorite poet. Her writing style is amazing, weather you know what she is feeling or not. The words alone make you hairs stand up. My overall favorites but the whole book is marvel. -Processes- Cilo's poems (3)-Tell Her Story-Fugue With Two Cro [...]

    5. Joan Colby’s Selected Poems from FutureCycle Press, is a fresh selected collection gathering Colby’s work from the late 1970s through the present. A midwestern practicality forms the backbone of these poems, from the history of work, family, and the land. She is a poet with a place and something to say about it. A poet of rural life, a peasant, perhaps, a welcome voice among the masses of poetry nation.I like watching the poet’s music change over the course of years which reveals itself in [...]

    6. Selected Poems by Joan Colby, published by FutureCycle Press, 2013, 134 pgs reviewed by Christina ZawadiwskyPoetry is a form of magic, and when Joan Colby waves her wand the human essence appears. In her poem The MagicianWhenever the magician snaps his fingers,a man and a woman lie down together.The man is lost in love.The woman winksd, eventually:They want the commonplace to be extraordinary.The magician obliges.The man and the woman fall in love.It lasts.In Joan Colby's poetry, the commonplace [...]

    7. I first read Joan Colby’s poetry a couple of years ago and still remember the impression – tight, compact diction and multi-layered images. It’s rare that even poems by the poets I know by name leave a mark when embedded in large journals among 20-30 other poems, but Colby’s poems have that memorable quality. So it’s been a pleasure seeing her Selected Poems in print and discovering work covering four decades.What impresses on first read is the constant connection between the personal [...]

    8. White LilacsThe white lilac has a hundred ghostly fingers,It points at the first stars.It points at mestanding in a May twilightwith barbed wire hooking the darkness wherebarbs of stars bloom astonishingly.Well, what else can I say except to declare (as factually as possible) that Joan Colby 's poems are as astonishing as those stars. Brave, serious, and unflinching. She explores the dark corners of the heart and illuminates relationships and events with striking imagery and an eerie facility fo [...]

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