River Inside the River: Three Lyric Sequences


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.77 X 0.56 X 8.33 inches | 0.59 pounds
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About the Author

Gregory Orr has written twelve poetry collections, a memoir, and several books of criticism, most recently A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry. The recipient of Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


This is a book that is both reflective and ecstatic. It embraces an extended meditation but casts a spell through lyric impulse. It is incendiary, inventive, incantatory. It is erotic. It is, indeed, irresistible.--Ilya Kaminsky
Orr ranks as a great seer, casting a mythic spell over the reader with his technically attuned verse.--Arlice Davenport
For four decades, Gregory Orr has been among a small handful of poets who make me proud to be among their generation of writers. Orr's new book is a wonder, exploring such weighty themes as the sources of love, the sources of mourning, the working of redemption and memory, the ways in which these give rise to poetic utterance . . . all in language as light as airborne thistledown. For such powerful lyric importance to come from such small deft breaths requires both mastery and magic; both are plentiful here, on every page.--Albert Goldbarth
Gregory Orr's poems have always had the stunning ability to place mindfulness almost instantly back inside the mind. Once again, a river inhabits its true banks, and a soul, its boundless person.--Naomi Shihab Nye
Orr's writing feels transcendent. Language shines, shimmers, delights, and rises as high as it can.--Elizabeth Lund