Ruining the Picture
- List Price: $44.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Northwestern University Press
- Publish date: 12/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780810150867
- ISBN10: 0810150867
Blending a passionate dedication to language with lyric intensity and sonic texture, Triplett explores the delicate but risky stages of the mind's and the heart's apprehensions. These densely wrought, formally inventive poems range in subject over both East and West -- poems whose foreground is Thailand stand alongside the dramatic monologue of a French composer's wife, or particularly sidelined characters from Western epic -- resulting in a complex conception of tradition rendered profoundly and utterly personal. Harkening back to the methods of Crane, Browning, and Keats, Triplett's poetry portrays the intimate process by which the human story -- or "picture" -- is both made and unmade.
Surefooted on the page, with a dazzling richness of texture throughout, this is a startling new voice in American poetry.