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Study for the world's body : new and selected poems

Author: David St John
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [1994] ©1994
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Study for the World's Body showcases the work of one of America's most celebrated and groundbreaking poets. In this remarkable and powerful new collection, he has selected the most evocative and well-loved poems from his earlier books and combined them with dazzling new ones.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
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St. John, David, 1949-
Study for the world's body.
New York : HarperPerennial, ©1994
(OCoLC)624404790
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David St John
ISBN: 0060553499 9780060553494 0060950161 9780060950163
OCLC Number: 29549234
Description: ix, 144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Slow Dance --
Iris --
Six/Nine/Forty-Four --
Wedding Preparations in the Country --
Dolls --
Gin --
Hush --
The Shore --
Blue Waves --
The Avenues --
Guitar --
Elegy --
The Boathouse --
Hotel Sierra --
Song Without Forgiveness --
Until the Sea Is Dead --
Winter Fires --
The Day of the Sentry --
A Hard & Noble Patience --
The Lemons --
Desire --
Woman and Leopard --
Shadow --
Meridian --
Interlude: Hephaestion's Prayer --
Wavelength --
The Reef --
The Swan at Sheffield Park --
Black Poppy (At the Temple) --
Chapter Forever --
An Essay on Liberation --
The Man in the Yellow Gloves --
Leap of Faith --
No Heaven --
Terraces of Rain --
Francesco and Clare --
The Doors --
Last Night with Rafaella --
To Pasolini --
I Know --
My Friend --
My Tea with Madame Descartes --
Meditation --
Lucifer in Starlight --
A Fan Sketched with Silver Egrets --
Mercenary Muse --
Los Angeles, 1954 --
"Who Is She . . ." --
Merlin --
Study for the World's Body.
Responsibility: David St. John.
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Abstract:

Study for the World's Body showcases the work of one of America's most celebrated and groundbreaking poets. In this remarkable and powerful new collection, he has selected the most evocative and well-loved poems from his earlier books and combined them with dazzling new ones.

In 1976, St. John made his poetic debut with the publication of Hush, a book that immediately established him as a writer of astonishing power and vision, and revealed the theme that has proven central to his writing throughout his career: desire. In Hush and the three collections that follow it, desire plays out its drama on the body. St. John explores both its physical, erotic manifestations and its spiritual ones with intellectual rigor and an emotional engagement that vibrates with intensity.

In his latest poems, St. John has turned his attention more acutely to the moral dimension of desire, writing about the spiritual hardships of the mature soul - sin and alienation, and our true and sometimes thwarted hunger for genuine spiritual communion. These newer poems possess a dark, exciting quality that reflects St. John's aesthetic maturation and assuredness.

In his tour de force title poem, with which he concludes the collection, St. John returns to the body once again, and, with the penetrating insight forged by experience and maturity, reexamines with astounding and visionary grace the devastating consequences of our deepest and most overwhelming desires.

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