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Title: An Occasional History
By (author): Laura Davenport Ph.D.
ISBN10-13: 1944697381 : 9781944697389
Format: Paperback
Size: 150x115mm
Pages: 120
Weight: .100 Kg.
Published: Sagging Meniscus Press - July   2017
List Price: 9.99 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 1
Subjects: Poetry by individual poets
Laura Davenport's poetic and harrowing "An Occasional History" investigates how language and a person's place within it come to be defined in the context of an abusive relationship -- one whose terrible violence is ever so gradually revealed, as layers of language and forgetting are progressively peeled away. Through five sections of differing form, in which romance novels, the OED, and etymological histories play prominent roles, we approach the core of knowledge step-by-step, and come to experience not merely abuse and its ramifications, but the central role in it of how language is shaped by power relations, and vice versa. Formally unique, acutely painful yet uplifting, and exquisitely written in every detail, this collection sustains an almost magical double perspective: a deeply knowing aesthetic distance and hard-won wisdom, and an intimate, willing identification with the immediate, almost to the point of being lost within it. As in all great writing, language and soul interrogate themselves through the power of poetry.
About The Author:
Laura Davenport holds a PhD in Literature and Writing from The University of Denver. She lives, writes and teaches in San Antonio, Texas.
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