Bravura Cool by Jane Lewty

bravura-cool-front-cover-150x150 (1)Publisher: 1913 Press

PubDate: 4/2/2013

ISBN: 9780984029747

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Jane Lewty’s Bravura Cool  is the winner of the 1913 Press Prize for First Books in 2011. The collection reflects Lewty’s view of the world in an exceptional series of poems wrapped in complex and structured language.  There is not a wasted word in the collection. Lewty’s obsession with sound is evident in the poem Oscillate/Oscitance inspired by Salomo Friedlaender and Auguste Villers De I’Isle Adam.  She reveals her attention to detail in Squall Line:
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… That a storm passes     hot air into the updraft—imagine red arrow—where rain cooled air—imagine blue arrow—slips in the downdraft. Leading/outer edge a gust front     sudden wind change with it     lateral wind a downburst—imagine water striking flat surface—it leaps in disparate streams—throws out—so much—so many
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Lewty creates in the abstract, yet is tethered to realism, as she writes calculated lines such as in The Better Condensed, Two weeks, languor-scored, I’m thinking of strippers’ bodies and the journey here–/
Newark headblown and still lights gathered. … Get here please or some such hint/is a near-strong wish of/any aspect of anything. .. It’s thown a whole meter/ in the next slowdown ‘will get-better-if’/i.e. Lauder Shimmering Shield, unneeded.
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The title poem:
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Bravura Cool
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Immersion braze is to dip a thing in solder (a feasible alloy, tin and lead) and flux (limestone or chalk). Hold the thing in the fire a little while to heat. When it is lowered into the solder, the latter will flow into the joint and firmly attach itself. Before dipping, the thing to be brazed is coated with a special anti-flux graphite, covering all the surface except that which is to be brazed.
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Pares itself with a drawknife
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Reacts along the hallway, back and forth
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Trailing spelter, un-set a stream of it.
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Run down cell, fitting, spent hours
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Hours on the shelves, for ages, tidying
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Some injury. Pity the snow fell so soon.
 
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In selecting Bravura Cool as the winner of the 1913 Prize for First Book, Fanny Howe said:
“Have the generations fallen from the sky? Trooped here across a wind-whipped land, since there aren’t even promises made across time? Pain and paint work equally well, as Raworth notes and Jane Lewty repeats in this astonishing collection of poetry that is yes, a radically new way of thinking of our time in the world.”
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Like the mountain climber staring at a sheer surface, tie yourself off; begin your climb into the abstract world of Jane Lewty. Don’t worry the rope won’t break as you travel across unexpected crevices, have a few slips and falls until you return safely to your own world at the end of the book.

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You can pick up a copy at: http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780984029747/bravura-cool.aspx

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g emil reutter bw almost uptown poetry cartel 2

-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia

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