Union Bridge Books

Love If We Can Stand It

Love If We Can Stand It

This powerful collection of poems by Bruce F. Kawin deals with the nature and demands of love, from the sexual and romantic to the metaphysical, in an engaging variety of forms and voices. The poems are clear, fresh and vivid, with good stories and characters, and they relate plainly to real life.

In this collection of his best poems, Bruce F. Kawin explores many aspects of love, from the romantic to the metaphysical and from sex to mourning. The breadth of voice and form is masterful, and the poems are bold and evocative. As complex as they are, they relate plainly to real life. The book includes a sestina about a harried woman, a sonnet sequence reimagined as a slide show, a menu of potential love stories, a lesbian epic set in modern Greece and reimagined versions of old horror films, all of them charged with startling, moving and convincing visions of love. With his unique tone and subject matter, his good stories, his striking insights and his fresh, vivid language, Kawin reinvents and revives the love poem.

This powerful collection of poems by Bruce F. Kawin deals with the nature and demands of love, from the sexual and romantic to the metaphysical, in an engaging variety of forms and voices. The poems are clear, fresh and vivid, with good stories and characters, and they relate plainly to real life.

Bruce F. Kawin is an American poet born in Los Angeles in 1945. He holds an AB in English from Columbia University, and an MFA in poetry and filmmaking and a PhD in modern literature and film from Cornell University. He studied under Kenneth Koch, A. R. Ammons and, informally, Denise Levertov. He is currently a professor of English and film at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His poems have appeared in “Epoch,” “Hanging Loose,” “The Paris Review” and other publications.

A New Song; Cardboard;  Menu; Old Frankenstein; One, or Words for Poetry; One Two; Slides; Geometry of Dawn; The Astonished Spoon; A Wells Fargo in San Francisco; Five Weeks; The Constant Lover; Star; On the Way; The First One is Paper; Sestina: Lunch; The Trees; I Was Weeping for Beautiful Japan; Two Greek Women

“This book of moving and insightful poems is only 85 pages long, but it took me quite a time to finish it because I found almost all of the poems to be thought provoking and so I felt a need to reflect on them. I usually prefer to listen to poetry rather than to read it, but this collection really engaged me. Some of the poems are just a few words or lines long; others are a few verses, whilst three are short-story length, almost novel-like in their breadth and intensity. In many ways each is very different, and a wide range of emotions is expressed; love, joy, friendship, anger, humour, sadness, disappointment. However, what Bruce F. Kawin has captured in all of them, through his powerful and evocative use of language, is an exploration of what makes us sentient beings.

As a personal read I found the book to be very moving and satisfying, but I am finding it difficult to rate it for groups; all will depend on whether or not the members enjoy reading poetry. So, I am giving it 3*** although the range from 1-5 would be equally applicable!!” — Linda Hepworth, www.newbooksmag.com

"It's a really beautiful, haunting piece of work, and I am grateful to have it."
—John Ashbery

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Union Bridge Books
Publisher
Union Bridge Books
Language
English
Product Format
Paperback
Dimensions
8.5 x 5.5
Weight
1 gram
Publication Date
Oct 10, 2012
Number of Pages
96
ISBN
9780857289216
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Oct 10, 2012
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96
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Oct 10, 2012
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Oct 10, 2012
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