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Quipu

Author: Arthur Sze; Copper Canyon Press,
Publisher: Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2005] ©2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In his eighth collection of poetry, Arthur Sze evokes quipu as both title and unifying metaphor. Composed of dyed, spun, and knotted cords, a quipu is a device created by the Inca as a tactile system of record keeping, calculation, and, possibly, narratives. In Quipu, Sze knots and strings together vibrant poems that move across cultures and times as agilely as they navigate tone and texture."
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sze, Arthur.
Quipu.
Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607735952
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Sze; Copper Canyon Press,
ISBN: 1556592264 9781556592263
OCLC Number: 58788943
Description: viii, 101 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Before sunrise --
Earthshine --
Ox-head dot --
Syzygy --
La Bajada --
Spring smoke --
Haircutting --
Lobed bowl with black glaze and white scalloped rim --
Quipu --
Aqueous Gold --
Solstice quipu --
Inflorescence --
Oracle-bone script --
The welt --
In the living room --
Acanthus --
The thermos --
Ice line --
The chromatics of dawn --
Thermodynamics --
X and O --
The angle of reflection equals the angle of incidence --
Earthstar --
Didyma.
Responsibility: Arthur Sze.
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"In his eighth collection of poetry, Arthur Sze evokes quipu as both title and unifying metaphor. Composed of dyed, spun, and knotted cords, a quipu is a device created by the Inca as a tactile system of record keeping, calculation, and, possibly, narratives. In Quipu, Sze knots and strings together vibrant poems that move across cultures and times as agilely as they navigate tone and texture."

"Sze's poems, long admired for fusing science, history, philosophy, and anthropology, are full of imaginative rigor and urgency; they make us envision the marvels and terrors of our contemporary world. His lines and rhythms are taut, sensuous, and mesmerizing; nouns become verbs - "where is a passion that orchids the body?"--And what appears solid and stable may actually be fluid, volatile. Arthur Sze harnesses the precarious, charged particulars of our lives and, through his luminous language, makes enduring and breathtaking poetry."--Jacket.

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