Camera Lyrica

Camera Lyrica Camera Lyrica navigates the intersection between realism and naturalism locating moment by moment the only way it can the artful necessary and always mysterious transformation that occurs between t

  • Title: Camera Lyrica
  • Author: Amy Newman
  • ISBN: 9781882295241
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Camera Lyrica navigates the intersection between realism and naturalism, locating moment by moment the only way it can the artful, necessary, and always mysterious transformation that occurs between the perceiver and perceived Amy Newman s subjects range from Audubon s drive for precision, Michelangelo s unfinished Piet , Darwin and forty year old Barbie, to a meditatioCamera Lyrica navigates the intersection between realism and naturalism, locating moment by moment the only way it can the artful, necessary, and always mysterious transformation that occurs between the perceiver and perceived Amy Newman s subjects range from Audubon s drive for precision, Michelangelo s unfinished Piet , Darwin and forty year old Barbie, to a meditation on the diversity of Type itself With grace and dexterity, her intelligent eye dips into Catholic Mysteries, and the quiet but momentous domesticity of a backyard quince tree Hers is a language both lush and spare, as she filters it and the world through a lucid imagination, transforming both into something beautiful, challenging, and wholly new No matter how intricate, uncomfortable, or orphic her subject, Newman s camera never flinches from her duty her eye never shudders, except in rapture and that is to be forgiven, or rather, rewarded In a time where bland, prosaic poetry has become the norm, and self centered confessionalism the standard fare, how refreshing it is to read and experience these crafted, abundant, lyrical poems, these panoramic snapshots of enduring historical and social commentary American Oral Newman s genius is of a particular and urgent understanding i.e that we are summoned, by Nature and by Language, not merely to continue but to begin worlds Thus, beautifully, she avows the extraordinariness of everything seen, avowing equally the tender newborn flesh of everything said The Eden of her alphabet is new, is open Donald Revell Camera Lyrica confirms Amy Newman s status as one of the most important and exciting poets to have emerged during the last decade Haunting, prophetic, wise, these poems offer enormous satisfactions an exquisite, Stevensian music, an anthology of uncanny structures especially in A Note on the Type the Interior sequence , and an uncompromising intelligence Not history s likeness but the very thing, the poet writes Reading this book, one agrees emphatically it is the very rare, real thing Tom Andrews Amy Newman is a writer s writer with a love of history and its incongruities If one of her poems were a bird, a specimen Darwin or Audubon might study, it would reveal the complex bone structure of her syntax, the prehensile reach for elusive meaning, the layers of awareness all the things that give it flight, the moving parts in accord Like the naturalists who interest her, Newman explores affinities, but between categories and across time In Camera Lyrica, surface and depth stand juxtaposed Newman s scrupulous eye captures the fleeting and the enduring in language that is both sumptuous and rigorous This is an intelligent and rewarding second collection Barbara Jordan

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    1. “I am carried in the world’s / mouth.” This dusky image is where Amy Newman’s poems begin: rooted in the warm, moist grotto of the natural world where “Darling, the world is feral, and we are natives.” Newman’s poetry is a complex “cage of bones” concerned with structure, botany, sensuality, realism, naturalism and transcendence. From Darwin to Barbie to Mozart’s wife, Newman’s has a botanist’s precision for description. She tethers us to the natural world and its minutia [...]

    2. Meditative, thoughtful, comforting, resonating and echoing, mixing old ideas and images into modern technological artifacts, Newman's poems are a pleasure. Both "Darwin's Unfinished Notes to Emma" and "Adam's Dream" stayed with me for days after I first read them. It is fascinating to hear how Newman threads a love for language with mundane details and modern images into religious and liturgical connotations.There are some books of poems where one single set of lines can make the entire book wor [...]

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