Ninety-Five Nights Of Listening: Poems (Bakeless Prize) (Paperback)

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Malinda Markham's peoms are inspired in part by her fascination with Japanese language, art, and literature. Her reactions to and interpretations of that country's history, culture, and people are in these verses, echoing with the voices and silences of women across time. Markham imagines the experiences of many women: a geisha laments her past in "Geisha Considered as Making," as a mother laments for her daughter's future in "Yield to This." Markham is intrigued with how language tries but ultimately fails to hold memory in place. She grapples with the translation of words and feeling and shows how this failure also brings a searching for belief - a word that repeats throughout these poems - in a world that cannot allow it. Writes Cole Swenson, "Markham's language has the delicacy of the fine bones of the inner ear; it is, itself, a form of listening - to insects, birds, traffic, to the world. Her listening brings things into being, catching the nuances of change, from season to season, culture to culture, impression to language. This is a radiant collection."

About the Author

Malinda Markham received her MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. She has been published in the Paris Review, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. She teaches at Daito Bunka University in Tokyo.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780618189281
ISBN-10: 0618189289
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: August 15th, 2002
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: Bakeless Prize