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Title:
True North
Author:
Strickland, Stephanie.
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Publication Information:
Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
vii, 85 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780268018993
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3569.T69543 T78 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

This collection of poems explores wayfaring, both in a spiritual sense and in the sense of knowledge navigation in an information age. It explores American history, encompassing writing and identity in the figures of Emily Dickinson and Willard Gibbs, the country's first mathematical physicist.


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Erudite--the word might be hurled at a poet as an insult, meant to suggest dull, arcane knowledge and lack of accessibility. In Strickland's case, however, erudite is a term of praise. For ideas and facts stud her poetry like so many gleaming jewels, yet they never tarnish the gold of human experience from which the poems are wrought. Take the trope of the title poem, for instance: beginning with the difference between magnetic and true north, Strickland launches into an exploration of the forces of love, until the metaphor links science and the heart so tightly that they are inseparable. Strickland's language is not easy; it is full of citations and allusions and sometimes dense with wordplay. But the force of her passion for ideas and for human connection sustains each poem. --Patricia Monaghan


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