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Heart Island, Poems by Stephen Cushman
In the graceful lyrics of Stephen Cushman's Heart Island, no heart is truly an island: all are interconnected. The human and natural environments of Cushman's world gather together in resonant and affectionate poems that nonetheless resist an easy nostalgia.
Stephen Cushman is the author of two earlier collections of poetry, Blue Pajamas and Cussing Lesson, and two critical studies, William Carlos Williams and the Meanings of Measure and Fictions of Form in American Poetry. He has also published Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle, and he teaches at the University of Virginia, where he is Robert C. Taylor Professor of English.
Praise for Stephen Cushman's Early Work
"Poetry may be more philosophical than history, but when the events of war or peace become poetry, as in Stephen Cushman’s poems, the impact doubles, the poems both generally and incidentally true. Blue Pajamas brings us a major new voice and a major new range.” –A. R. Ammons
"Stephen Cushman is both profound in his concerns and exceptionally skilled in the subtlety and power of his verse. Whether meditating on animals, the night sky, the matter of belief, or his own children, he writes true poetry, always moving beyond the literal.”–John Hollander
"A formidable talent–well worth watching.”--Kirkus Reviews
ISBN: 1933456353, 80 pages, $17.00