From a letter by Hayden Carruth to Gayle Elen Harvey after she sent him a copy of Scheduled, Unscheduled Appointments:
"I've spent a day with you and your writing----and thank you for the gift of your mind, imagination, and your grand verbal aptitude."
"These are what we used to call occasional poems, accompanied by dedications and other apparatus to signify their purpose, which is the memorialization of people, events, relationships. What they reveal is the force of impact between your sensibility and the quotidian. It is very strong, no doubt about that. The evidence is in your astonishing phrases, sentences, syntax and diction. I don't know anyone else who would or could have written. for instance, "the tightfisted pages of Genesis." But this is only one among hundreds of perfectly descriptive yet thoroughly atypical word ins in your book. I take much pleasure from this exemplary writing and maybe I will take instructions, too, because for the first time in a very long while I'm feeling the stirrings of language in my own mind. Thank you for showing me what can be done."
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Gayle Harvey has published widely in journals such as Hanging Loose, Poetry Northwest, Yankee, Yellow Silk, Visions International, Gulf Coast, Willow Springs and Atlanta Review. Awards include New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, 1st prize Columbia University Journal of Lit. & Art, Frances Locke Memorial Award/The Bitter Oleander, 2002 Hannah Kahn Foundation Award/Gulfstream, co-winner Emily Dickinson Award/Poetry Society of America and the Dorothy Damon Award/Comstock Review.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
ICE MELTING, OTSEGO LAKE
Some things wait.
All winter, mute and powdered,
it has waited for us, sealed up like an invitation
or a message.
Now the sun booms through an open window,
and we go there, kneeling at the edge
of thin-skinned ice.
but cannot touch the royal-blue darkness spreading
like a bruise
beneath the surface.
It’s the green edge of our vision holding us as still
as any gnarled stone lacing up the shore.
We cannot see the new trout nuzzling mud
as warmer winds speak quietly.
We hear them and we hear the ice melt with a sound
like small bells ringing,
like a stand of birch trees quickening
in this good cold.
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Descrizione libro Oct 01, 2003, 2003. Condizione libro: New. Trade PB 1st edition / 1st printing. Square uncreased spine. No marks. Cover as shown. New. Codice libro della libreria 11031112
Descrizione libro Spire Press, 2003. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0974070114