Quipu

Quipu Sze brings together disparate realms of experience astronomy botany anthropology Taoism and observes their correspondences with an exuberant attentiveness The New Yorker Sze s poems seem dazzled an

  • Title: Quipu
  • Author: Arthur Sze
  • ISBN: 9781556592263
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sze brings together disparate realms of experience astronomy, botany, anthropology, Taoism and observes their correspondences with an exuberant attentiveness The New Yorker Sze s poems seem dazzled and haunted by patterns The Washington PostQuipu was a tactile recording device for the pre literate Inca, an assemblage of colored knots on cords In his eighth collectio Sze brings together disparate realms of experience astronomy, botany, anthropology, Taoism and observes their correspondences with an exuberant attentiveness The New Yorker Sze s poems seem dazzled and haunted by patterns The Washington PostQuipu was a tactile recording device for the pre literate Inca, an assemblage of colored knots on cords In his eighth collection of poetry, Arthur Sze utilizes quipu as a unifying metaphor, knotting and stringing luminous poems that move across cultures and time, from elegy to ode, to create a precarious splendor.Revelation never comes as a fern uncoiling a frond in mist it comes when I trip on a root, slap a mosquito on my arm We go on, but stop when gnats lift into a cloud as we stumble into a bunch of rose apples rotting on the ground.Long admired for his poetic fusions of science, history, and anthropology, in Quipu, Sze s lines and language are taut and mesmerizing, nouns can become verbs where is passion that orchids the body and what appears solid and stable may actually be fluid and volatile.A point of exhaustion can become a point of renewal it might happen as you observe a magpie on a branch, or when you tug at a knot and discover that a grief disentangles, dissolves into air Renewal is not possible to a calligrapher who simultaneously draws characters with a brush in each hand it occurs when the tip of a brush slips yet swerves into flame .Arthur Sze is the author of eight books of poetry and a volume of translations He is the recipient of an Asian American Literary Award, a Lannan Literary Award, and fellowships from the Witter Bynner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts He teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts and lives in New Mexico.

    One thought on “Quipu”

    1. Such a beautiful and complex poet. Sze incorporates everything of the universe and finds a way to not only parallel them, but do it in such a way that forces the reader to rethink their own ideas of the aesthetic and the world. I would recommend this collection for anyone, even if you're not interested in poetry.

    2. You know what, I give up on this. I've been reading it on and off for like a year and a half, and while it has some nice moments, it has never really caught me. I've admired Sze's work in some anthologies - I don't know if it's a whole book of him that's problematic for me, or whether it's this book. Either way, I think this going in the donate/sell bin. Despite it having a completely awesome cover.

    3. exactly the sort of book i might revise my opinion on after a few reads. i'm interested but not catching something. highly associative for all its narrative appearances.

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