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The Oval Hour
by Kathleen Peirce
University of Iowa Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-87745-664-3 | eISBN: 978-1-58729-303-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3566.E34O83 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In The Oval Hour Kathleen Peirce addresses the vulnerability of language—which is to say the vulnerability of our reality—when we are in extreme states of desire and loss, especially erotic desire and erotic loss. Central to the book is its series of "Confessions," twenty formally similar poems that contend with the Confessions of Saint Augustine.“Passing through innocence, I came either to experience / or guilt, or they came to me, displacing innocence”: these luminous poems explore the generation and overlapping of carnal and metaphysical identities.

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