Grief Sequence

Prageeta Sharma (Author)
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Description

Offering a series of poems rooted in the profoundly narrative yet disorienting experience of losing a loved one, Prageeta Sharma, in Grief Sequence, summons all of her resources in order to attempt any semblance, poetic or otherwise, of clear sense in trauma. In doing so she shows that grief, frustrating to logic and yet as real as any experience we might know, is ripe for the sort of intellectual and emotional processing of which poetry is most capable.

Product Details

Price
$20.00  $18.40
Publisher
Wave Books
Publish Date
September 17, 2019
Pages
104
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781940696881
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About the Author

Prageeta Sharma is the author of the poetry collections Grief Sequence (Wave Books, 2019), Undergloom (Fence Books, 2013), Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004), which won the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Bliss to Fill (Subpress, 2000). She is the founder of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Art. A recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award, she has taught at the University of Montana and now teaches at Pomona College.

Reviews

"It is clear that Sharma's thick use of language explores the craft of poetry and what it does to the crafter, the poet. . . . Think of each poem as a wish, a possibility, or another way that could have been."--Janice Sapigao, Jacket2

"Sharma asks pressing questions about what is contained in the poetic 'I, ' exploring where it transgresses and where it capitulates to expectation. Proceeding with a lyric, analytical, and oblique relationship to personal narrative, the poems enact the graceful ambivalence of Sharma's statement that 'to find a salvageable concept/ in the word experience, / we must embrace how it's milky, how it's unformed always.'"--Publishers Weekly

"Subtle and sharp as the needle capturing the starts and shifts of an imagination attentive to beauty and struggle, Sharma's poems are never gloomy and always gleam."--The Volta,

"Staying alive and moving to its rhythms is a fine definition of Sharma's poetry. I finished her book feeling lucky to be reading in an age when the technology is in place and Prageeta Sharma deft enough with it to produce this volume of truly charming, truly interesting poems."--Verse Magazine


"How does a poet memorialize her beloved without erasing his complexity? Sharma writes candidly of the elegized's personality -- 'your death was as sudden as your rage' -- and of her unanswered anxieties: 'Did he tell the doctor he didn't love me anymore and that's why I wasn't allowed into those conversations?' In doing so, Sharma complicates her narrative away from sentimentality and into reality-fracturing emotionality."--The New York Times