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Figure studies : poems

Author: Claudia Emerson
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2008.
Series: Southern messenger poets.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Claudia Emerson begins Figure Studies with a twenty-five-poem lyric sequence called "All Girls School," offering intricate views of a richly imagined boarding school for girls. Whether focused on a lesson, a teacher, or the girls themselves as they collectively "school" - or refuse to - the poems explore ways girls are "trained" in the broadest sense of the word." ""Gossips," the second section, is a shorter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Claudia Emerson
ISBN: 9780807133606 0807133604 9780807133613 0807133612
OCLC Number: 192109854
Description: xi, 65 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The mannequin above Main Street Motors --
I. ALL GIRLS SCHOOL. The physical plant --
Headmaster --
Housemother --
Anatomical model --
The girls dissect the eye of a cow --
Latin teacher --
Beginnig sculpture : The subtractive method --
Warmbloods --
What they are missing --
Living Nativity --
Organist --
Communion Sunday buffet --
The well : Egg and tongue --
Upper Arcade --
Biology lesson --
Orchid anatomy --
Influenza --
Practice rooms --
Physical education --
Synchronized swimming --
Environmental awareness : The right whale --
History lesson --
Esto Absoluta --
Fire drill --
Reunion weekend --
II. GOSSIPS. Funny Valentine --
Anorexic, farmers' market --
Old proof --
What they want --
III. EARLY LESSONS. the polio vaccine, Chatham, Virginia --
Cat lady --
Piano fire --
Elevator operator, Danville, Virginia --
Finger of Mercury --
IV. Tryptych. After the affair --
Studio --
The garden --
Sewing bird --
Photographer --
At the Route One Flea Market --
Womanless beauty pageant at the Volunteer Fire Department --
Maintenance --
Spring ice storm --
Great Depression story --
The medical Venus.
Series Title: Southern messenger poets.
Responsibility: Claudia Emerson.
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"Claudia Emerson begins Figure Studies with a twenty-five-poem lyric sequence called "All Girls School," offering intricate views of a richly imagined boarding school for girls. Whether focused on a lesson, a teacher, or the girls themselves as they collectively "school" - or refuse to - the poems explore ways girls are "trained" in the broadest sense of the word." ""Gossips," the second section, is a shorter sequence narrated by women as they talk about other women in a variety of isolations; these poems, told from the outside looking in, highlight a speculative voicing of all the gossips cannot know. In "Early Lessons," the third section, children narrate as they also observe similarly solitary women, the children's innocence allowing them to see in farther than the gossips can. The fourth section offers studies of women and men in situations where gender, with all of its complexities, figures powerfully."--BOOK JACKET.

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