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Stealing glimpses : of poetry, poets, and things in between : essays
McQuade, Molly.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Louisville, Ky. : Sarabande Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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PS323.5 .M4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"A journey through poetry, skippered by a first-person personal narrator." (au. description)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

(It is Booklist policy that a book written by a contributor be given a brief descriptive announcement rather than a full review.) This collection brings together the personal and critical essays of Booklist columnist McQuade, whose reflections on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes appears on p.1280. Combining criticism with biographical profiles, she examines the lives and work of such poets as William Matthews, Adrienne Rich, and Charles Simic. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)1889330264Bill Ott

Publisher's Weekly Review

The title doesn't promise more than a miscellany, but the reviews and journalistic exercises collected here give a pretty cohesive picture of a book reviewer and journalist at work. Po-biz veteran McQuade, a former editor at PW, aims to be "serious, yet light on my feetÄvirtuous, like a verb that spins away," and seems as at home profiling the late gentle giber William Matthews as examining "The Cost of Poetry" in dollars and cents with industry people. A third of these 27 pieces have appeared in places like PW and Hungry Mind Review, but even the more first-person essaysÄsuch as "Bookless," recounting McQuade's decision to put her library in storageÄhave the length and heft of newspaper or short magazine pieces. Squibs on the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Georgia O'Keeffe and novelist Lorrie Moore indicate McQuade's range of interests. Discussions of and with Galway Kinnell, Little Review co-founder Margaret Anderson, Adrienne Rich, the still under-recognized Barbara Guest, Ashbery, Bishop and a host of others leave us with a thoughtful portrait of "the professional business I've continued to conduct with books." (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Poet and critic McQuade presents a set of 27 lively essays on poetry, poets and things in between. Each essay is short enough to read in a single sittingthus the glimpses of the titleand each glimpse of authors like E.B. White, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, and Charles Simic changes the reader irrevocably. The topic here is not just the poetry of text; the defining metaphor of this book is a stray cat at large in an old-fashioned bookshop. Essays on the paintings of Georgia OKeeffe, the recent movie The English Patient, or the authors pre-electronic address book are small digressions alongside the topics of literary friendships; the musings of small presses; the intrinsic haunt of subtext in, say, a goat or a spider; or the prosaic sass of Lorrie Moore. The essay on Oopalie Operajita (an Odissi dancer) is one of the most compelling in the book. Recommended to all in search of literary pleasure.Scott Hightower, NYU/Gallatin, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.