- By Dara Wier

Reverse Rapture

  • Title: Reverse Rapture
  • Author: Dara Wier
  • ISBN: 9780974635347
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reverse Rapture Complex and intimate Reverse Rapture is an account of a band of explorers who go sifting through the artifacts and sensations of our times in search of a core The generous voices of these poems bring

    Complex and intimate, Reverse Rapture is an account of a band of explorers who go sifting through the artifacts and sensations of our times in search of a core The generous voices of these poems bring the reader along on their quest In awe of everything, these explorers, and the poems recounting their adventures, create a gorgeous lyrical web filled with new ways of seeiComplex and intimate, Reverse Rapture is an account of a band of explorers who go sifting through the artifacts and sensations of our times in search of a core The generous voices of these poems bring the reader along on their quest In awe of everything, these explorers, and the poems recounting their adventures, create a gorgeous lyrical web filled with new ways of seeing.Dara Wier is the author of eight previous collections of poems, most recently Hat on a Pond and Voyages in English The recipient of awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The American Poetry Review, she teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    1 thought on “Reverse Rapture

    1. Engrossing once I got over the sheer length and density of the book (almost 120 pages of 7 line stanzas, each stanza consisting of several phrases or words which are held in relation to each other not by normal punctuation but by parentheses, creating a sliding kind of syntax). Particulars of a desolate seeming world are inspected by a nomadic seeming we/us. Yet these particulars don't seem to be held together in any familiar ways (they have unfamiliar utility), as if the poems take place in a r [...]

    2. My purpose for reading this book was to find inspiration for a new poem, and it worked--on page 26, which is much earlier than that often happens. In general, this is a book that takes a lot of work to enter. I don't think I really embraced the rhythm until around page 55. It took until about page 72 to feel a compulsion (desire?) to keep reading. There are a lot of really wonderful moments, but it feels like we have to have a lot of faith to get there. Perhaps that's the whole point.

    3. 1) I have complete respect for Wier's vision and experimentation.2) I feel like I'm supposed toreally like this, but I just didn't. Mainly b/c: a) The parenthetical structure had me feeling like I was struggling for something more than it was worth. They struck me as a distraction and impediment--I kept expecting to grow accustomed to the parentheses so I could enjoy the actual writing, but about halfway through I realized that wasn't going to happen (for me, at least). b) Every now and then the [...]

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