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Spring by Oni Buchanan


Spring by Oni Buchanan

2009 Massachusetts Book Awards Winner Representing nothing less than a tour-de-force of formal invention and emotional intensity, Oni Buchanan\u2019s Spring encompasses radically contrasting work. Ecstatic, visually intricate rhapsodies are juxtaposed with tight, sonnet-like poems, and wispy columns of verse brush up against large-scale epics and kinetic text. This collection\u2019s point of departure is the paradox of existence as an individual in a political and violent world. All of the formal innovations in this book have in common an urgent need for texture and polyphony, and the poems attempt to discover how to fulfill the individual human responsibility of surviving as a resiliently loving and hopeful living creature. An accompanying multimedia compact disc offers a full Flash-animated version of the printed kinetic work, \u201cThe Mandrake Vehicles.\u201d


Spring oscillates with ease and grace between the spaces of beauty and decay in the modern world. --American Poet Buchanan writes poems that are deeply sensitive, precisely imagined, fun and beautiful. She is taking poetry where it needs to go. --Time Out New York In this adventurous mix of taut lyrics, dramatic monologues and free-ranging typographical experiments, Buchanan, who is also a pianist, has an ear for mellifluous runs and beautifully, at times humorously, evoked emotions. --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Oni Buchanan, a conservatory-trained concert pianist, is the author of the poetry collection What Animal.

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Publication date

22nd August 2008


Oni Buchanan

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University of Illinois Press


128 pages


Poetry by individual poets



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