Swerve (New American Chapbook Series)
The Poetry Society of America (January 2009)
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This book of poems was chosen by C.K. Williams for a 2008 National Chapbook Fellowship through the Poetry Society of America. As Williams says in the introduction, 'Many of the poems in Swerve are in the tradition of what might be called the domestic sublime, which usually consists of meticulously observed recountings of the mores and morals of individuals in intimate situations, particularly family relations, and their emotional and intellectual repercussions. The aesthetic opportunities of poems in this tradition, from Lowell and Plath to Olds, and reaching back to Coleridge and Wordsworth, pivot on such dramatic observations out into more resonant, philosophical and spiritual awarenesses; there is often a pressing urge for the poetic consciousness to suspend meaning and value between the particular and the general in just the way Estes does so well.'
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