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A Tonalist
Laura Moriarty




Nightboat
2010 • 100 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Essays

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-9822645-6-0



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.

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“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



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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