RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 192109854 LA English T1 Figure studies : poems A1 Emerson, Claudia,, PB Louisiana State University Press PP Baton Rouge YR 2008 SN 9780807133606 0807133604 9780807133613 0807133612 AB "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."--Jacket.