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World as a Dictionary
Jesse Lee Kercheval

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
1999 • 96 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-285-4

A collection of poetry by Jesse Lee Kercheval.

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“From the powerful and unforgettable opening sequence which recounts, with passionate intensity and uncompromising honesty, the death of a dear friend from cancer; through the wonderful middle poems on the complex pleasures of marriage, motherhood, and family life; to the final meditations on the poet’s own intractable childhood; World as Dictionary explores the vagaries of love, loss, desire, and will. At times heartbreaking and elegiac, mourning a universe that ‘is racing from us/ at the speed of light/ and . . . is never coming back,’ Kercheval is also unswervingly affirmative, celebrating with her infant daughter (whose word for ‘open’ expands her world), ‘Ope, ope, ope . . . we live in hope./ My daughter claps her hands.’ Fierce, intimate, lyrical, profound, and true, World as Dictionary is a beautiful, beautiful book. A book that lives in hope. A book that claps its hands.”—Ron Wallace

JESSE LEE KERCHEVAL was born in France and raised in Florida. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She is the author of a novel, The Museum of Happiness; a collection of short stories, The Dogeater; a book on writing, Building Fiction; and a memoir, Space, about growing up near Cape Kennedy during the race to the moon.

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