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April Wind and Other Poems (1992) [Collection]
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This collection of short poems written during the 1980s explores a connected group of ideas, feelings, and themes on the experience of beauty.

A leader of the New Formalism movement, Turner has said that "meter is no limitation to a poet, but a liberation." The strict metrical forms of the poems in April Wind illustrates this position. Written while Turner researched the poetic and neurobiological principles he set forth in Beauty: The Value of Values, these passionate and lyrical poems show a variety of moods, voices, and worlds.

Turner's poetry embodies the intuition that the human experience of beauty is both ancient and universal. Beauty, he believes, emerged from genetic-cultural coevolution and is part of the awakening of the cosmos. Turner's work on poetic meter helped to reveal that the three-second line is universal among human cultures, that it is mediated by neurochemical rewards, and that it is in tune with the three-second acoustic information processing pulse in the human brain.

The poems in April Wind celebrate the birth and the experience of Turner's discoveries about the nature of beauty. In his own words, the poems deal with "the nature of beauty itself and the recognition of a universal process of emergent orderliness, a chaotic but self-organizing evolution; the cosmic teleology implied by the anthropic principle in physics; the emergence of value and meaning out of sensory experience; marriage, and its joyful-shameful juxtaposition of animal and spiritual; the connection between beauty and shame; the pain of personal self-consciousness; the problem of death; and the nature of the passage through karmic attachment, sexuality, shame, and death to the mystical experience of beauty."


    • On Gibbs' Law
    • Self-Similarity
    • Flying by Greenland
    • Orange Lantana Fibonacci Requiem

    • The Blackness of the Grackle
    • An Apology for the Poem "The Blackness of the Grackle"
    • The Curse
    • Bone China Broken

    • Upon the Power of Certain Ideas
    • Against Aporia
    • The Cave at Zhoukoudian
    • 37,30 Feet above the Atlantic
    • On the Anthropic Principle
    • The New Age
    • The Archaeologist

    • Early Warning
    • At the Front of the Jet
    • The Hydrangeas at Stresa—for Amy Clampitt
    • On Isola Madre
    • No Poem on Greece
    • Last Evening in California
    • Amaryllis—for Tom and Mark
    • Makeshift Spring
    • Spring Evening
    • Texas Rainbow

    • Daniel and Claire Go Riding in the Prairie
    • Maine Summer, with Friends
    • Dry Nights
    • To Ariadne
    • Untitled: To Mei Lin
    • The Blessing
    • On Goya's Saturn—for Edwin Watkins
    • For Mei Lin on Our Twenty-Second Wedding Anniversary

    • April Wind—for Ann Weary
    • Spirit Marriage—for Lynda
    • Glass—for Carol
    • The Lover of Women—for Jan
    • Pheromones
    • Aphrodite

    • The King at School
    • Winter Storm in Texas
    • Freeze Tag
    • First Snow
    • The Mind's Eye Visits Scotland
    • The Angry Man
    • The Robber and the Fisherman
    • The Expedition
    • English Renaissance Portraits
    • The Ghost in the Airplane
    • Kern County Regional Airport

    • Miranda (in the house of a suicide)
    • For Roberta
    • The Distribution—in Memory of Victor Turner
    • For John and Nancy Van Ness—in Memory of Julie
    • On the Pains of Translating Miklós Radnóti

    • On Sitting Down with Zsuzsanna Ozsvath to Translate Radnóti
    • Incarnateness
    • Return
    • The Indwelling
    • Picture Postcards: A Travel Diary for August 1989
    • First Base

Original title: April Wind and Other Poems
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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April Wind and Other Poems (1992)
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Language: English

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April Wind and Other Poems (1992)

ISBN: 0813913586

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