A Grace Paley Reader Stories, Essays, and Poetry

Poetry

R. Sutton-Spence – Analysing Sign Language Poetry
Civil Twilight: Poems by Jeffrey Schultz, selected by David St. John
Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.511-733: Latin Text with Introduction, Commentary, Glossary of Terms, Vocabulary Aid and Study Questions (Classics Textbooks) by Ingo Gildenhard
Daryl Hine ” Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of the Greek Anthology”
A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry by Grace Paley, edited by Kevin Bowen, Nora Paley

R. Sutton-Spence – Analysing Sign Language Poetry

Published: 2004-11-12 | ISBN: 1403935076, 0230217095 | PDF | 265 pages | 2.06 MB

This new study is a major contribution to sign language study and to literature generally, looking at the complex grammatical, phonological and morphological systems of sign language linguistic structure and their role in sign language poetry and performance. Chapters deal with repetition and rhyme, symmetry and balance, neologisms, ambiguity, themes, metaphor and allusion, poem and performance, and blending English and sign language poetry. Major poetic performances in both BSL and ASL – with emphasis on the work of the deaf poet Dorothy Miles – are analysed using the tools provided in the book.

Civil Twilight: Poems by Jeffrey Schultz, selected by David St. John

English | October 3, 2017 | ISBN: 0062678981 | EPUB | 104 pages | 0.7 MB

From a two-time winner of the National Poetry Series competition, a bold new collection of poems lamenting the state of the world–and offering poetry that might save it
“Civil twilight” occurs just before dawn and just after dusk, when there is still light enough to distinguish the shapes and contours of objects but not the richness of their detail.
Beginning with the idea that nothing can be seen clearly in the light of the present, the poems in Civil Twilight attempt to resuscitate lyric’s revelatory impulse by taking nothing for granted, forming their materials under the light of a critical gaze. If there is any chance left for a humane world, a world in which poetry might become as transparent and evocative as it has always longed to be, these poems desire nothing but to find hints of that chance, and to follow them as far as they might lead.
Jeffrey Schultz brings his distinct voice to bear on the stuff of twenty-first-century America–languishing FOIA requests, graffiti-covered city walls, the violent machinery of the state–without abandoning hope that the language of poetry might transport us to some better and as-yet-unimaginable world. Turning a call to be “civil” on its head, this collection nudges the reader toward revolution.

Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.511-733: Latin Text with Introduction, Commentary, Glossary of Terms, Vocabulary Aid and Study Questions (Classics Textbooks) by Ingo Gildenhard

English | Sep. 5, 2016 | ISBN: 1783740825 | 266 Pages | PDF | 2 MB

This extract from Ovid’s ‘Theban History’ recounts the confrontation of Pentheus, king of Thebes, with his divine cousin, Bacchus, the god of wine. Notwithstanding the warnings of the seer Tiresias and the cautionary tale of a character Acoetes (perhaps Bacchus in disguise), who tells of how the god once transformed a group of blasphemous sailors into dolphins, Pentheus refuses to acknowledge the divinity of Bacchus or allow his worship at Thebes. Enraged, yet curious to witness the orgiastic rites of the nascent cult, Pentheus conceals himself in a grove on Mt. Cithaeron near the locus of the ceremonies. But in the course of the rites he is spotted by the female participants who rush upon him in a delusional frenzy, his mother and sisters in the vanguard, and tear him limb from limb.
The episode abounds in themes of abiding interest, not least the clash between the authoritarian personality of Pentheus, who embodies ‘law and order’, masculine prowess, and the martial ethos of his city, and Bacchus, a somewhat effeminate god of orgiastic excess, who revels in the delusional and the deceptive, the transgression of boundaries, and the blurring of gender distinctions.
This course book offers a wide-ranging introduction, the original Latin text, study aids with vocabulary, and an extensive commentary. Designed to stretch and stimulate readers, Gildenhard and Zissos’s incisive commentary will be of particular interest to students of Latin at AS and undergraduate level. It extends beyond detailed linguistic analysis to encourage critical engagement with Ovid’s poetry and discussion of the most recent scholarly thought.

Daryl Hine ” Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of the Greek Anthology”

Princeton University Press | 2001-06-01 | ISBN: 0691088209 | 128 pages | PDF | 1,1 MB

Elegiac lyrics celebrating the love of boys, which the translator terms Puerilities, comprise most of the twelfth book of The Greek Anthology. That book, the so-called Musa Puerilis, is brilliantly translated in this, the first complete verse version in English. It is a delightful eroticopia of short poems by great and lesser-known Greek poets, spanning hundreds of years, from ancient times to the late Christian era.
The epigrams–wry, wistful, lighthearted, libidinous, and sometimes bawdy–revel in the beauty and fickle affection of boys and young men and in the fleeting joys of older men in loving them. Some, doubtless bandied about in the lax and refined setting of banquets, are translated as limericks. Also included are a few fine and often funny poems about girls and women.
Fashion changes in morality as well as in poetry. The sort of attachment that inspired these verses was considered perfectly normal and respectable for over a thousand years. Some of the very best Greek poets–including Strato of Sardis, Theocritus, and Meleager of Gadara–are to be found in these pages. The more than two hundred fifty poems range from the lovely to the playful to the ribald, but all are, as an epigram should be, polished and elegant. The Greek originals face the translations, enhancing the volume’s charm.

A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry by Grace Paley, edited by Kevin Bowen, Nora Paley

English | April 18, 2017 | ISBN: 0374165823, 0374537410 | EPUB | 400 pages | 1.5 MB

“A writer like Paley,” writes George Saunders, “comes along and brightens language up again, takes it aside and gives it a pep talk, sends it back renewed, so it can do its job, which is to wake us up.” Best known for her inimitable short stories, Grace Paley was also an enormously talented essayist and poet, as well as a fierce activist. She was a tireless member of the antiwar movement, the civil rights movement, the tenants’ rights movement, the anti-nuclear-power movement, and the Women’s Pentagon Action, among other causes, and proved herself to be a passionate citizen of each of her communities―New York City and rural Vermont. A Grace Paley Reader compiles a selection of Paley’s writing across genres, showcasing her breadth of work as well as her extraordinary insight and brilliant economy of words.

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