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Scriptorium by Melissa Range

Scriptorium

Scriptorium by Melissa Range
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Oct 18, 2016 | 96 Pages
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Praise

“Range’s poems show an expertise with form from sonnets to anagrams…A collection not to be missed.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“She avoids both folksiness and stuffiness by filling poems with incident, description, elegy, meditation, recollection, identification, and more…This book is going to dazzle a lot of poetry readers.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“This collection, as fiercely contemporary as it is historical, is both unapologetically literary and egalitarian as hell. It’s poetry that is truly ‘…for everyone / like language, like color, like air.’”
Birmingham Poetry Review

“Throughout Scriptorium, Range finds the poetic in the colloquial, the past in the present, the transcendent in the immanent. Perhaps her most impressive achievement, however, is her ability to turn engagement with the long history of metrical form in English into a foundation for strikingly innovative poetic technique.”
—Cat Fitzpatrick, The Boston Review

“Each of the poems in Scriptorium is a marvel. What may likely strike you on the first read is Range’s remarkable facility with form. She moves nimbly, naturally, with comfort and acrobatic delight through the rigors of sonnets, villanelles, anagrams, cento and the like…But what you will feel more than any of this, I am certain, is an urgent usefulness. These are poems for which form is not an end in itself.”
—Tracy K. Smith, from the foreword

“Poetry is ongoing revelation, the spirit surging in new words and shapes, in fresh forms. Yet rarely have I had such a vivid sense of this as while reading Scriptorium. This is revelatory poetry of a high order. Range has a finely tuned ear, a furtive and fertile imagination, and a gloriously rooted sense of that great word-hoard, the English language itself.”
—Jay Parini, author of New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015

Table Of Contents

Foreword
Tracy K. Smith

Verdigris

Labyrinth, Chartres

Ashburnham

A Skiff of Snow

Orpiment

Negative Theology

Kermes Red

Flat as a Flitter

Navajo Code Talkers, WWII

Tyrian Purple

Pigs (see Swine)

Ofermod

Lampblack

Fortunes of Men

Nicodemus Makes an Analysis

Biblia Pauperum

Minium

Anagram: See a Gray Pine

Solidus of the Empress Irene, AD 797–802

Incarnational Theology

Woad

Hit

Vernacular Theology: Mechthild of Magdeburg

To Swan

Ultramarine

Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg

All Creation Wept

The Giants’ Sword Melts

Gold Leaf

Cento: Natural Theology

Regionalism

Scriptorium

Shell White


Notes

Acknowledgments

Credits

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