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Becoming light : poems, new and selected
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers, 1991.
Physical Description:
378 p.


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Book 811.54 JON 1 1

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An essential collection of poetry--the best of her creative body of work by the internationally celebrated and bestselling author of "Fear of Flying" and "Any Woman's Blues,"

Author Notes

Erica Jong was born on March 26, 1942. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.A. in 18th Century English Literature from Columbia University. She also attended Columbia University's graduate writing program where she studied poetry. She has written numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and non-fiction works including Fruits and Vegetables, Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Sappho's Leap, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, and It Was Eight Years Ago Today (But It Seems Like Eighty). She has received numerous awards including the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence, and the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Readers may be surprised to discover that Erica Jong, of Fear of Flying [BKL Ja 15 74] and "zipless fuck" fame, is a poet (though this is her sixth book of poems). It contains selections from her previous books, including Ordinary Miracles [BKL S 15 83], as well as a respectable number of new poems and a selection of early pieces, previously unpublished. Jong writes about the battle of the sexes, sex itself, the joys and hassles of womanhood, and love for her daughter. Tides of elation and anger, eroticism and loneliness are described with gutsy humor and directness, but Jong harps too much on the sanctity of literature and offers too many self-help tips, dragging some poems down with banalities. Her inconsistencies can be forgiven if this volume is viewed as an "autobiography in verse," embracing all the flaws of life rather than striving for artistic perfection. Her presence is blood-warm and seductive, her poems sexy and casual, featuring images and innuendo that can be as startling as a fish leaping from still water. Recommended for Jong fans and for readers usually put off by more demanding poets; Jong is certainly accessible. ~--Donna Seaman

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