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There Are Three
Poems
Donald Revell



Wesleyan Poetry Series

Wesleyan
1998 • 59 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-2247-4
$11.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7217-2

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“Revell is important for his linkage of a mainstream lyric style with the sensibility of the experimental subversive, purposefully marginal Language text . . . He's associative as Ashbery, inventive as Creeley, but he is his own poet, original and solemn.” —Poetry

Poems from the indestructible wilderness of American words and silences.

Believing and espousing an American tradition alive in the testimony of Anne Hutchinson, in the prose-poetry of Thoreau, and in the music of Ives, Donald Revell's new poems seek moments of harmony between language and silence. The death of the poet's father and almost concurrent birth of his son form the emotional underpinnings of this meditation on faith. "Every morning, beginning in childhood, / the music of variation sustains / the equal loneliness of every soul." These spare and elegant poems speak of a conversion in which a new city is founded in the heart of silence, and grace is a refinement of grammar.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This is a poetry of often blunt, gnomic statements, but also an abundance of thought and dazzling wordplay: labor over it, and you'll be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly

“The listening reader experiences an echo chamber of implosive power, terse declarations of concentrated insight teased into sestina-like stanzas of recontextualized word populations. In Beautiful Shirt, Revell juxtaposes a vocabulary of moral concern against an exploratory syntax that sets meaning free . . . [His] feverish technique works at full tilt in the service of an astonishingly fecund imagination.”—American Letters and Commentary

“Songs for the living, songs for the dead, shadowed by those voices echoing through the streets of that (absent) City on a Hill. The impossible, unanswerable question of grace, redemption, reprieve drives Revell's poems toward a pitch, and a grace, not often attained in our time. The urgency of their appeal lingers in the mind long after the page has been turned.”—Michael Palmer

“Songs for the living, songs for the dead, shadowed by those voices echoing through the streets of that (absent) City on a Hill. The impossible, unanswerable question of grace, redemption, reprieve drives Revell's poems toward a pitch, and a grace, not often attained in our time. The urgency of their appeal lingers in the mind long after the page has been turned.”—Michael Palmer



DONALD REVELL was a National Poetry Series Winner in 1982 for his first book of poems, From Abandoned Cities (1983). In 1985 he won a Pushcart Prize. His collection New Dark Ages (Wesleyan 1990) won the PEN Center USA West Award for Poetry. He is currently Professor of English at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. His other books include Erasures (Wesleyan, 1992), and Beautiful Shirt (Wesleyan, 1994); he also translated a volume of poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire, entitled Alcools (Wesleyan, 1995).



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