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|BookTitle:||The Radiant City||ISBN-13:||9781884106132|
|CategoryBH:||Poetry||Author:||By Florence, Sandra|
|DescriptionBH:||If you require more information on this item, plea||PublicationDate:||6 September 2015|
|Description||The Radiant City by Sandra Florence is the first book-length collection of poems by a poet who has been writing for over forty years, and although the poems do t themselves span that entire time, one piece, Nettles, was begun over thirty years ago and serves as a centering piece for the first two-thirds of the book. Nettles is a long narrative poem that contains many of the themes that emerge in the later poems that are magnified and focused upon, the premise being that family relationships, friendship, and landscape (here it is the San Joaquin Valley of California) are t only formative to one's sense of self and place in the world but also sustaining to one's imaginative growth. The mother in Nettles becomes the mother in Tomorrow Land whose skirt becomes a high wide-wave pulling her children to her. The father in Nettles becomes the father in Yellow Cotton Shirt whose sleeves flutter like cloth birds. The title poem, The Radiant City, is the imagined landscape of the after life where a mother and grandmother wander through varying locations, city streets, sometimes the wide-open plains, searching for their lost place in the world, as the objects and people of that world float and whirl around them, like glitter after a parade, like jitterbugging dust devils. The later poems find their location in a desert city, where water is a consolation and Narcissus admires himself by a swimming pool. These poems are stories: slices of life at times whimsical and dreamy, at other times elegiac and reverent.|
|Author Biography||Sandra Florence received her Masters in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and has been writing and teaching in Tucson, Arizona for the last thirty-three years. She taught at the University of Arizona for 18 1/2 years and in a number of community education settings working with refugees, the homeless, adolescent parents, women in recovery and juveniles at risk. She is the recipient of a NEH grant under the initiative, The National Conversation on American Pluralism and Identity, and through the grant ran a community writing project for 2 1/2 years. She has published scholarly articles on writing and healing and writing as a tool for public dialogue. She currently teaches writing and literature at Pima Community College. This is her first book-length collection of poetry|
|Publisher||Jumping Cholla Press|
|Date of Publication||06/09/2015|
|Format||Paperback / softback|
|Subject||Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||217296184|
|Country of Publication||United States|
|Imprint||Jumping Cholla Press|
|Content Note||black & white illustrations|
|Format Details||Trade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound|
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