Domain of Perfect Affection

Domain of Perfect Affection In Domain of Perfect Affection Robin Becker explores the conditions under which we experience and resist pleasure in beauty salon summer camp beach backyard or museum New York or New Mexico The M

  • Title: Domain of Perfect Affection
  • Author: Robin Becker
  • ISBN: 9780822959311
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Domain of Perfect Affection, Robin Becker explores the conditions under which we experience and resist pleasure in beauty salon, summer camp, beach, backyard, or museum New York or New Mexico The Mosaic injunction against the graven image inspires meditations on drawings by D rer, Evans, Klee, Marin, and del Sarto To the consolations of art and human intimacy, BIn Domain of Perfect Affection, Robin Becker explores the conditions under which we experience and resist pleasure in beauty salon, summer camp, beach, backyard, or museum New York or New Mexico The Mosaic injunction against the graven image inspires meditations on drawings by D rer, Evans, Klee, Marin, and del Sarto To the consolations of art and human intimacy, Becker brings playfulness Worry stole the kayaks and soured the milk suffused with self knowledge Worry wraps her long legs around me, promises to be mine forever In The New Egypt, the narrator mines her family s legacy From my father I learned the dignity of exile and the fire of acquisition, not to live in places lightly, but to plant the self like an orange tree in the desert Becker s shapely stanzas couplets, tercets, quatrains, pantoum, sonnet, syllabics subvert her colloquial diction, creating a seamless merging of subject and form Luminous, sensual, these poems offer sharp pleasures as they argue, elegize, mourn, praise, and sing.

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    About “Robin Becker

    • Robin Becker

      Robin Becker born 1951 is an American poet, critic, feminist, and professor Becker earned a BA and MA at Boston University She taught for many years at the MIT before returning to Pennsylvania in 1994, where she is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women s Studies at Penn State.Becker is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, Tiger Heron and Domain of Perfect Affection Her All American Girl won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry In 2000 she was honored with Penn State s George W Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she served as Penn State Laureate in 2010 11 Other honours include fellowships from The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies of the City University of New York, The William Steeple Davis Foundation, the Mary Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.Becker s interest in narrative springs from her family background, including a childhood spent listening to her grandmother s stories, learning from her the nuances of storytelling and her family s history in Ukraine Becker was also greatly influenced by the women writers whose poetry was available in the 1970s, including Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Maxine Kumin, Denise Levertov, and Susan Griffin Poet Stephen Dunn regards Becker as achieving what may be one of the early twenty first century s most difficult accomplishments to write a credible poetry of affirmation In the doing, she doesn t pretty up the world Rather, she finds language that embraces our dualities, our many selved presences, regularly demonstrating her kind of perfect affection.



    155 thoughts on “Domain of Perfect Affection

    • From "Summer's Tale," Robin Becker asks "Who could chose one god among all the bright/feathers of August," and in a similar way it would be almost impossible for me to choose a favorite among the poems this book contains. "August" and "Head of an Angel" have endings that make you draw in a deep breath of quiet admiration, a little in awe of Becker's craftwork.This is my favorite collection of Becker's poems since All-American Girl, which came out in the mid-nineties. Becker's voice in this colle [...]


    • I would give this book 3 and a half stars. But, that being said I don't really read much poetry. I like Haiku better. But I did enjoy some of the poems in this book as they relate to life. My three favorites in the book are the poems called "August", "Description" and "Island of Daily Life". One of the book groups I belong to picked this as their monthly read.


    • Upon re-reading I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. I quite liked some of the poems but the collection as a whole didn't really strike me as anything special.


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