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The Book of Sleep
Eleanor Stanford

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2008 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-484-1

The debut collection of poems by Eleanor Stanford.

From Dante to the New Jersey suburbs, from Darwin to Bob Dylan to Barbie dolls, The Book of Sleep takes in the panoramic and the personal, the fantastic and mundane. Many of the poems explore the inner landscape of birth and new motherhood. From this liminal, dreamlike space, they open out onto vistas of history, travel, science and politics.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Wonderfully hypnotic, The Book of Sleep is a visually powerful, spiritual journey through landscapes of human and natural worlds and of lands kept hidden from clear consciousness. The language and subject matter build into a beautiful hymnal to the light we can embrace and the darkness that indelibly surrounds us."—Susan Hahn

"'We all begin as immigrants,' writes Eleanor Stanford in The Book of Sleep, a collection of poetry festooned with dreams, nightmares, and otherworldliness. Her poetry is full of history 'of people, of countries, of shifting continents' and how we collide. Her generous vision, her wide scope, is all the more engaging because of her attention to both strange and wonderful details. The Book of Sleep is simply enchanting."—Denise Duhamel

"Eleanor Stanford’s The Book of Sleep brings us a bold lyric voice—so sure of itself in debut! And why not? A newborn child and sleep (and sleeplessness)—these are themes to hymn. And add a stint in the Cape Verde Islands with the Peace Corps and these lyrics have richness galore—the texture of the world experienced in its glory and plenitude, observed and celebrated by a subtle intelligence."—Gregory Orr

ELEANOR STANFORD’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and other journals. She lives in Philadelphia. This is her first book.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:16:15 -0500