To the Left of the Worshiper

To the Left of the Worshiper

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Jeffrey Greene


To the Left of the Worshiper is a book of rare lyrical attentiveness and sympathy, of external landscapes that signify inwards, of childhood lost and found and lost again, of separation and arrivals, of modern love and the quest for a redeeming human faith. I savor these poems for their craftsmanship, their emotional precision, and their abiding sense of the heart’s inner workings and mysteries.”
—Edward Hirsch


September 1991
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9780914086932

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Jeffrey Greene received his MFA from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D from the University of Houston. His most recent book, French Spirits: A House, a Village and a Love Affair in Burgundy, was published by Morrow/HarperCollins. His is also the author of American Spirituals (chosen by Carolyn Kizer for the 1998 Samuel French Morse Prize, Northeastern UP), and a chapbook, Glimpses of the Invisible World in New Haven (1995). He was a winner of the Randall Jarrell Prize and the "Discovery"/The Nation Award and received prizes from The Denver Quarterly and The Southern California Anthology. His work has been supported by the NEA, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Mary Rinehart Fund. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Parnassus, The North American Review, The Sewanee Review, Boulevard, American Scholar, The Southwest Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Columbia, The Southern Review, and many other journals and anthologies.

 
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“For all the geography proposed in his poems—Houston, coastal Connecticut, Bayou Louisiana, San Francisco, Paris—and for all the years accounted for in the preparation of this his first book, Jeffrey Greene’s strong voice is resonantly of a piece and secured: located in a firm spiritual identity. Greene’s mode is to allow the detail, the moment, its own developing ignition, its own opportunity to fill out the figure. Many of these poems, in fact, are journey-narratives; stories that build their epiphanies out of the emotion pressure of a larger and immanent imaginative world, a world immediately around the poem, to the left of the worshiper.”
—Stanley Plumly

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