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The Mind-Body Problem: Poems
 
 
Author
Katha Pollitt.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.15 x 5.55 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781400063338
Pages/Publication Date 82/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21527
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In her second book of poems, following her National Book Critics Circle Award–winning 1982 collection Antarctic Traveller, Katha Pollitt takes the ordinary events of life (her own and others) and turns them into brilliant, poignant, and often funny poems full of surprises and originality. The title poem 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?

"At the center of every poem lurks the poet, but Katha Pollitt balances the self-regard of the craft with a fervent interest in the profusion of the world—knickknacks, summer bungalows, dogs, bees, lilacs, mandarin oranges, and more. And her clear, observant eye brings it all into steady focus. This is one long-awaited volume that was well worth the wait."—Billy Collins

 
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