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Extreme Directions
Alice Jones




Omnidawn
2002 • 64 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$12.95 Paperback, 978-1-890650-11-7



This sequence of poems, evolved from the poet's observation of the daily practice of Tai Chi Sword, evoke the fluidity of martial art practice, the motion of Chinese brushstroke painting or calligraphy, as well as the shifting physical and metaphysical arena that is human relationship.

This sequence of poems, evolved from the poet's observation of the daily practice of Tai Chi Sword, evoke the fluidity of martial art practice, the motion of Chinese brushstroke painting or calligraphy, as well as the shifting physical and metaphysical arena that is human relationship. Each poem title is one of the 54 Sword movements, translated from the Chinese by the poet's husband, Wong Yoo-Chong. Tai Chi literally means the outer-most limits, great polarities. Alice Jones's poems articulate the richly various synergies possible between word and phrase, line and space, observer and observed, rational and beyond-rational, in a language that is at once intimate and expansive.



ALICE JONES's books, The Knot, which won the Beatrice Hawley Award, and Isthmus, recipient of the Jane Kenyon Chapbook Award, are both published by Alice James Books. Anatomy was published by Bullnettle Press. She has been awarded The Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America and fellowships by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is co-editor of Apogee Press.



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