First Hand

First Hand

by Linda Bierds

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MacArthur fellow Linda Bierds probes the borders of science and faith in a volume that takes this prizewinning poet to a new level of achievement. 

The ghost of the good monk Gregor Mendel haunts these poems as they trundle through the centuries, swaying from wonder to foreboding and resting most often on the fault line of science, where human achievement brings both praise and disquietude. 

These thirty linked poems display Linda Bierds at her best: strong, visceral, playful, infused with wonder and color, they both amaze and delight. Bierds's imagery has always been powerful, but here, the subtlety of its permutations throughout the volume is nothing short of breathtaking. Her treatment of substance and insubstantiality, of the material world and "the hummocks of naught"-the gaps filled perhaps by faith, perhaps by scientific progress-adds depth of meaning to the text, and her rich language sounds in the mind's ear to startling effect. 

First Hand proves yet again that Linda Bierds is "a poet of magnitude" (Harold Brodkey). It is a book of wonders, a wondrous book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440627576
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2004
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 110 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Linda Bierds has been awarded fellowships from the MacArthur, John Simon Guggenheim, Ingram-Merrill, Wolfers-O’Neill, and Rockefeller Foundations; and has received the PEN West Poetry Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Consuelo Ford Award, the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her work has appeared widely, in publications such as The Atlantic, Field, The Kenyon Review, The New YorkerParnassus, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, to name a few. She lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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