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Worth by Robyn Schiff


Worth by Robyn Schiff

Robyn Schiff's poems enquire about making, buying, selling and stealing in the material world, the natural landscape and the human soul. Schiff moves from Cartier and Tiffany to the Shedd Aquarium, from Marie Antoinette to the Civil War and from Mary Pickford to Marilyn Monroe.


Robyn Schiff's Worth restores originality to its proper and meaningful function: this is a book of new beginnings, of self-creations and re-creations. These poems offer pleasure and disturbance in equal measure and at all times; they are as dazzlingly constructed as a Chanel gown and as breathless as a hovering finch, both of which are among the elements of Schiff's densely populated imagination. This work manages to strike me as unlike anything I've seen before, while feeling perfectly inevitable. Worth is a marvel.

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Publication date

30th September 2002


Robyn Schiff

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University of Iowa Press


88 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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