Cover of: Camera Lyrica | Amy Newman

Camera Lyrica


Published by Alice James Books in Farmington, USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

“No matter how intricate, uncomfortable, or orphic her subject, Newman’s camera never flinches from her duty; her eye never shudders, except in rapture and that is to be forgiven, or rather, rewarded. In a time where bland, prosaic poetry has become the norm, and self-centered confessionalism the standard fare, how refreshing it is to read and experience these crafted, abundant, lyrical poems, these panoramic snapshots of enduring historical and social commentary.”
—American Oral

“Newman’s genius is of a particular and urgent understanding: i.e. that we are summoned, by Nature and by Language, not merely to continue but to begin worlds. Thus, beautifully, she avows the extraordinariness of everything seen, avowing equally the tender newborn flesh of everything said. The Eden of her alphabet is new, is open.”
—Donald Revell

Camera Lyrica confirms Amy Newman’s status as one of the most important and exciting poets to have emerged during the last decade. Haunting, prophetic, wise, these poems offer enormous satisfactions: an exquisite, Stevensian music, an anthology of uncanny structures (especially in ‘A Note on the Type’ & the ‘Interior’ sequence), and an uncompromising intelligence. ‘Not history’s likeness but the very thing,’ the poet writes. Reading this book, one agrees emphatically: it is the very rare, real thing.”
—Tom Andrews

“Amy Newman is a writer’s writer with a love of history and its incongruities. If one of her poems were a bird, a specimen Darwin or Audubon might study, it would reveal the complex bone structure of her syntax, the prehensile reach for elusive meaning, the layers of awareness—all the things that give it flight, the moving parts in accord. Like the naturalists who interest her, Newman explores affinities, but between categories and across time. In Camera Lyrica, surface and depth stand juxtaposed. Newman’s scrupulous eye captures the fleeting and the enduring in language that is both sumptuous and rigorous. This is an intelligent and rewarding second collection.”
—Barbara Jordan


Dewey Decimal Class 811/.54
Library of Congress PS3564.E9148 C36 1999

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Pagination viii, 64 p. ;
Number of pages 64

ID Numbers

Open Library OL40619M
ISBN 10 1882295242
ISBN 13 9781882295241
LC Control Number 99031438
OCLC/WorldCat 41380531
Goodreads 1391090

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