The Mind-body Problem

The Mind-body Problem


Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
In The Mind-Body Problem, Katha Pollitt takes the ordinary events of life–her own and others’–and turns them into brilliant, poignant, and often funny poems that are full of surprises and originality. Pollitt’s imagination is stirred by conflict and juxtaposition, by the contrast (but also the connection) between logic and feeling, between the real and the transcendent, between our outer and inner selves: Jane Austen slides her manuscript under her blotter, bewildered young mothers chat politely on the playground, the simple lines of a Chinese bowl in a thrift store remind the poet of the only apparent simplicities of her childhood. The title poem hilariously and ruefully depicts the friction between passion and repression (“Perhaps / my body would have liked to make some of our dates, / to come home at four in the morning and answer my scowl / with ‘None of your business!’ ”). In a sequence of nine poems, Pollitt turns to the Bible for inspiration, transforming some of the oldest tales of Western civilization into subversive modern parables: What if Adam and Eve couldn’t wait to leave Eden? What if God needs us more than we need him?

With these moving, vivid, and utterly distinctive poems, Katha Pollitt reminds us that poetry can be both profound and accessible, and reconfirms her standing in the first rank of modern American poets.

Baker & Taylor
The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Antarctic Traveller presents a new volume of poetic works that include pieces inspired by the Bible and evoke such subjects as the joys and pain of parenthood, the private side of a literary life, and the complexities of love and marriage.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400063338
Branch Call Number: 811.54 POL
Characteristics: xi, 82 p. ; 21 cm


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Apr 14, 2016

I am loving this book, reading a poem over and over again aloud and silently. She expresses quiet and deep thoughts, shared knowledge that we all know deep in our bones, brave and honest. This is a book I must buy to read again and again, and I am wanting to read her other books. I appreciate the library for sharing this gem.


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