The Black Bear Inside Me

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.2 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author
Robin Becker received the Lambda Award in Poetry for All-American Girl and has held fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. Her books include Tiger Heron, Domain of Perfect Affection, The Horse Fair, and Giacometti's Dog. Professor Emeritus of English and Women's Studies at Penn State, Becker serves as poetry and contributing editor for the Women's Review of Books.
A wise, accomplished book for most readers.-- "Library Journal"
It's with this eye toward discovery and a attention to detail that poet Robin Becker brings a rapturous use of language to her eighth full-length collection.-- "Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine"
For many years Robin Becker has been writing some of the best poems of our generation. Her devotion to what Frost called 'vocal imagination' weds the laconic, half-humorous, half sorrowing quality of her speech to the quiet virtuosity of her music. But what I most value is her clear-eyed affection for other people. To quote Thom Gunn, her poems 'bypass the self like love.'-- "Tom Sleigh"
Poems are as large as the soul of the one who made them--one of the rare examples of justice this world affords. Behold in these poems a soul as deep and all-encompassing as humanity can boast. Behold the thread of mourning in a Scottish reel, the tally of enslavement in the lacerated hands of a Cambodian deckhand; behold, above all, the record of joy. Joy is the miracle here, a stubborn daily devotion to our broken world.-- "Linda Gregerson"
These celebratory and mournful poems, so artful and intelligent, so smart and sharp with linguistic leaps and returns and reversals, derive from Becker's imaginative encounters with the everyday, often in its immediacy--a hummingbird, a black bear, a coppiced tree, a Yankee barn sale. Becker is the perfect companion, intimate and revelatory, with whom to see the world.-- "Richard McCann"