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April 1990
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Giacometti’s Dog
Becker, Robin
Celebratory or eligiac, these poems record the author’s “two-headed journey” to root herself - geographically and emotionally - in the world. Becker’s poems are from remote and familiar outposts: the watery evanescence of Venice contrasts with the desert of the American Southwest; we lean with her over the rim of a canyon or stand back to study a Giacometti sculpture. From such settings arise poems on the death of a sibling, the consoling power of painting and sculpture; others celebrate the erotic and the capacity of the female body for pleasure and pain.
Robin Becker, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, is the author of seven poetry collections, including Domain of Perfect Affection, The Horse Fair, Giacometti’s Dog, and All-American Girl, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. In 2002 the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh published Venetian Blue, a limited-edition chapbook of Becker’s art poems. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bunting Institute, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2000 she received the George W. Atherton III Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State, and from 2010 to 2011 she served as the Penn State Laureate. For the Women’s Review of Books, Becker edits poetry and writes a column on poetry called “Field Notes.”
“Becker uses shifting geographical and emotional landscapes to consider the complexities of love, loss and relationships.”—Publishers Weekly

“The poet-speaker is unsparing in her self-appraisals, and this fine toughmindedness gives the work its gutsiness and edge.”—Alice Fulton

“These poems rage with such imaginative energy, you can’t wait to read them again and again, feeling an aastonished pleasure in both their accomplishment and their humanity.”—Lloyd Schwartz

“These books offer ‘a poetry that asks as much as it tells, and we are enlarged by the asking.’”—Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, The Lesbian Review of Books

“These poems are thoroughly sensuous -- a quality of voice that allows for tragedy and the sublime to exist at once -- and often with two or three arranged serially in a particular location.”—Josie Rawson, Daily Hampshire Gazette

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Celebratory or eligiac, these poems record the author’s “two-headed journey” to root herself - geographically and emotionally - in the world. Becker’s poems are from remote and familiar outposts: the watery evanescence of Venice contrasts with the desert of the American Southwest; we lean with her over the rim of a canyon or stand back to study a Giacometti sculpture. From such settings arise poems on the death of a sibling, the consoling power of painting and sculpture; others celebrate the erotic and the capacity of the female body for pleasure and pain.
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