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A Tonalist

by Laura Moriarty

A Tonalist Synopsis

In a combination of discourse and lyric, paragraph and couplet, Bay Area poet and novelist Laura Moriarty explicates the poetics of a group of writers that resists categorization. This book-length essay uses the work of the California Tonalist painters to articulate new understanding and new possibilities for poetic practice.

A Tonalist Press Reviews

Always synesthetic, always formally relentless, in A Tonalist, Moriarty manages to keep a penetrating ethical-philosophical inquiry alive within a lyric terrain. -Cole Swensen Moriarty's A Tonalist explores-in appropriately trans-generic form-the shades, timbres, and temporalities of affinity with a warmth and intelligence rarely encountered in this age of ironic overdetermination. This is, simply put, a moving and vital book. -Stephen Cope

Book Information

ISBN: 9780982264560
Publication date: 27th May 2010
Author: Laura Moriarty
Publisher: Nightboat Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 100 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Laura Moriarty

LAURA MORIARTY is the author of more than a dozen books, including Rondeaux, Duse, Self-Destruction, Ultravioleta, and A Semblance: Selected Poetry 1975-2006. She is the deputy director of Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, California.

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