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The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers
William Olsen



Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry

Carnegie Mellon
2003 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 9 1/4"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-393-6



A reissuing of The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers, the debut collection of poetry by William Olsen.

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"An exceptionally strong first book. . . . Olsen's poems are sources of almost constant surprise, not just in their broad vocabulary and unusual syntax, but chiefly in their figurative language whose aims and results seem bizarre at first but become inevitable—seeming with familiarity. They are often records of Olsen's own sense of surprise at the manifold wonders in a private world whose links to a more public world he is nearly always in the process of discovering."—David Wagoner

"What dark powers, what generous ones this new poet propounds! I am in his debt, as they say, for life."—Richard Howard

"The steadfast intelligence and stable, distinctive music of William Olsen's poems provide the sort of thralled pleasure that has led us to become avid readers in the first place."—William Matthews



WILLIAM OLSEN is the author of three books of poetry including Vision of a Storm Cloud and Trouble Lights. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he has published poems in The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Breadloaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and New American Poets of the Millennium. He teaches at Western Michigan University and at Vermont College. He lives in Kalamazoo.



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