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The Lightning Field

In her third collection, Carol Moldaw explores new territory in poems that are thematically far-reaching and technically superb. The book includes three long sequences based on art and artifact in various stages of completeness: preliminary pen-and-ink studies, Turkish ruins, and, at the center, the site-specific art installation that gives the book its title and impetus. Attracting charged material as a lightning field attracts lightning, the poems reference narrative but move beneath and beyond it through a restless and rewarding insistence on making and remaking, on seeing by degrees and seeing whole.

79 pages | 6 x 8 1/2


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Table of Contents

Studies in Pen and Ink • Festina Lente • Appraisal • Lou Reed in Istanbul • Insomnia • Pelagos • Conduit • The Lightning Field • Timetable for Birds • Geese • Wind above the Weather • Report • Birthstone • Bear Claws • Anastylosis

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