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An Octave Above Thunder
New and Selected Poems
Carol Muske



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
1997 • 208 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American


$24.95 Hardcover, 978-0-88748-263-2



A collection of new and selected poems by Carol Muske.

An Octave Above Thunder presents a collection of poems spanning more than twenty years in the career of Carol Muske, who has won acclaim for work that marries sophisticated intelligence, emotional resonance, and technical craft. This volume brings together new poems and a generous selection of work from Muske’s five previous published collections.

What most distinguishes Carol Muske’s poetry is her awareness of the complicated web into which the personal and the political, the familial and the feminist, are woven. The poet’s argument with the visual world, and Muske’s talent for scene setting and drama, are at the core of these poems, in which we hear the “dazzling, repetitive once” of thunder, of intimate and public speech, of the heart talking to itself. Muske’s poems are filed with audible contemplation: invocation, echo, dreamsong, dirge. Her lyrical precision, her assured touch, and her exacting clarity make her one of the most talented poets of her generation.

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Reviews / Endorsements



“Carol Muske is a beautiful, ambitious poet who has not rested on her gifts for language and cadence. She has chosen instead to let a musical light become the infinitely more testing light of disaster and interrogation.”—Eavan Boland

“Muske is one of the best poets of her generation. . . . Her poetry is emotionally rich without being sentimental or exhibitionist or indulgent; it is psychologically complicated without being neurotic or showing signs of repression; it is aware and alert to the present world without being polemical.”—Donald Justice



CAROL MUSKE (in fiction, Carol Muske Dukes) teaches at the University of Southern California in the Department of English. She is the author of five books of poetry and two novels. She is the recipient of many awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a poetry fellowship from the NEA, an Ingram-Merrill grant, and the di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America, as well as several Pushcart Prizes. Her poems have been widely anthologized, appearing in Best American Poetry, One Hundred Great Poems by Women, MotherSongs, and many others. She is a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the actor David Dukes, and her daughter, Annie Cameron.



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