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Etymology

Published by Cinnamon Press

ISBN: 9781905614738

£7.99
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Etymology is a dazzling first collection from award-winning poet, Bryan Walpert. Walpert uses language with the dexterity of a verbal magician, pushing at the boundaries of perception and meaning to take risks, tell stories or smuggle in jokes. Moving deftly between touching, but never sentimental, observations of human relationships and luminous accounts of objects, natural phenomena that take on meaning, Etymology is an intelligent, innovative lyric inquiry into discourse and sense.

"Like sweeping dusty slivers of glass and mirror with one’s fingertips, in these carefully formed poems, we see through and see opaquely away and toward ourselves. There’s science here. There’s art and history and language. But Walpert weighs his clear-sighted intellect against a sense of the head’s own intimate futility: That it knows whatever it constructs, it is done and undone in praise to a confoundingly strange and vulnerable heart.”
James Hoch

"In Etymology Bryan Walpert communicates with graceful humor and sharp intelligence his fascination with the lineage, history, and origins of words. ...a brilliant, playful and heartfelt calculus demonstrating that metaphor is poetry’s etymology and as such he reminds us that the power of language is rooted in the contrarities of human speech.”
Michael Collier

Bryan Walpert’s poems have appeared in such publications as AGNI, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, New Zealand
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, Poet Lore, and Tar River Poetry. He has an MFA from University of Maryland-College Park, a PhD from University of Denver and won the 2007 James Wright Poetry Award from the Mid-American Review. He won the 2007 New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, is poetry editor of Bravado and winner of a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for teaching creative writing in New Zealand. He is a senior lecturer in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North.
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