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Out of the Woods
Author: Thomas Bolt

ISBN: 9780300044683
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 26 August 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.4
Thomas Bolt's Out of the Woods, the winning volume in the 1988 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, was selected from among 625 entries in this annual competition. The author describes his poetry in the following way: "Like any poems, these are attempts to make ideas and feelings tangible. They follow a metaphorical landscape-of variously social, historical, emotional, and individual situations-as if it were a real landscape. While the poems have, as a kind of face value, a more or less literal and concrete surface, the most important thing for a reader to know about them is that they are neither observed nor remembered but made up-and consequently every detail has purpose. The description exists, not for its own sake, but as the method of metaphor. Nature in these poems is never a setting. "The metaphors are specific but given a life of their own somewhere off to the side, like a building just outside the frame of exposure which casts its shadow through a photograph. In a poem like '1971 Pontiac LeMans, ' whether the reader sees only a car, or the car as a figure for the human body, or car-and-body as vehicle and manifestation of autonomy, the effect should be abou...

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