The Invention of the Kaleidoscope

Paisley Rekdal's gaze never wavers whether she is looking at a bowl of cherries, her Chinese grandmother's mastectomy scars, an injured dog, or a Vincent Price B-movie, and in the kaleidoscope of her images she creates a new reality-fragmented, musical, and utterly true.
Barbara Hamby

The Invention of the Kaleidoscope is a book of poetic elegies that discuss failures: failures of love, both sexual and spiritual; failures of the body; failures of science, art and technology; failures of nature, imagination, memory and, most importantly, the failures inherent to elegiac narratives and our formal attempt to memoralize the lost. But the book also explores the necessity of such narratives, as well as the creative possibilities implicit within the “failed elegy,” all while examining the various ways that self-destruction can turn into self-preservation.

88 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

February, 2007

isbn : 9780822959557

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Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is associate professor of English at the University of Utah. She is the author of three previous poetry collections: The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, A Crash of Rhinos, and Six Girls Without Pants, as well as a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee. She is the recipient of the Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award, an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, and the 2011–2012 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship.

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