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Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005) [Collection]
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In her newest poems, Brenda Hillman continues her exploration of nature and culture in ways that demonstrate her original place in experimental lyric traditions. Pieces of Air in the Epic is the second book of a tetrology that takes the elements--earth, air, water, fire--as its subject. As Hillman's previous collection, Cascadia, explores "earth," the present collection considers "air"--the many meanings of the word and the life-giving medium we breathe--to test a reality that is both political and personal.

These formally inventive poems reexamine epic and lyric, braiding fact and dream, the social with the self. Hypnotic, spare verses use air on the page as a matrix for cultural healing; some are presided over by a feminine presence and address war in human history, while others are set in streets, parks and wilderness. There are meditations on auras, dust motes, and reading in libraries as acts of restorative memory. This work fuses animist consciousness with cautionary prophecy, and belongs to the mode of H.D. and Robert Duncan. Hillman's poetry continues to explore ways in which human life might be redeemed by imagination.


  • One
    • Street Corner
    • Thyme Suites
    • Reversible Wind
    • Air in the Epic
    • [half-tractate]
    • Near Stations
    • Green Pants & a Bamboo Flute
    • [untitled psalm]
    • The Value of Empty Protest
    • Doppler Effect in Diagram Three
    • Study of Air in Triangles
    • Wind Treaties
    • Altamont Pass
    • [half-tractate]
    • 6 Components from Aristotle
    • White Fir Description
    • Statueless Architecture
    • The Corporate Number Rescue Album
    • The E in Being
    • [half-tractate]
    • On Carmerstrasse
    • Nine Untitled Epyllions
  • Two
    • [interruption]
    • Your Fate
    • Echo 858
    • Manzanita Description
    • [untitled psalm]
    • Clouds Near San Leandro
    • An Oddness
    • Silent Reading
    • A Nextopia
    • Library Dust
    • Reference-Room Aura
    • Dust Acolytes
    • Fourth-Floor Hecatomb
    • Brittle Economics Monographs
    • Platonic Oxygen
    • Restless Auras
    • Dust Dialectical
    • Epoch of Dust
    • String Theory Sutra
    • Summer Garden
    • Mars Field Speaks to Vvedensky
    • Eyes in Aspens

Original title: Pieces of Air in the Epic
Original languages: English


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Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005)
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Language: English

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Pieces of Air in the Epic (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Middletown, CT
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819567888
Dimensions: 6 x 8.8 x 0.4 in
Pages: 104

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