The Bitter Withy
The Bitter Withy
“As a redoubt against mortality, The Bitter Withy maintains a vigilance toward the seen and an acceptance of the belated nature of understanding, a tenacity for things on the brink of vanishing…” ―Pleiades
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Donald Revell is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, most recently of The English Boat (2018) and Drought-Adapted Vine (2015), both from Alice James Books. Revell has also published six volumes of translations from the French, including Apollinaire’s Alcools, Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, Laforgue’s Last Verses, and Verlaine's Songs without Words. His critical writings have been collected as: Essay: A Critical Memoir; The Art of Attention; and Invisible Green: Selected Prose. Winner of the PEN USA Translation Award and two-time winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry, he has also won the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize and is a former Fellow of the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations. Additionally, he has twice been awarded Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Having previously taught at the Universities of Alabama, Denver, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, and Utah, Donald Revell is currently a Professor of English at UNLV and faculty affiliate of the Black Mountain Institute.
“Sincerity is risky. In an age that seems averse to that risk, these poems are welcome company.” ―Chicago Review
“Donald Revell’s eleventh book is a collection of the crisp, intense poems for which he is known. The poems face the metaphysical and the religious head-on while leaving the reader with a feeling of new vision and open meditation” ―Poets.org
“…intensely personal, even visionary accounts and meditations are rendered with lucidity and ease…truly exceptional” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“…Revell, a talented poet and translator, has finally crossed the line from strange lyricism into full-blown ecstatic prophecy…This book topped my nominations for a Nation Book Critics Circle award nod.” —Sacramento News and Review
“What I find both moving and fresh about this collection is that it handles its subject matter with a simultaneous severity and lightness…This balance keeps the work buoyant despite its deep subject matter.” —CutBank
“Revell’s recent collections form a steady progression toward the spiritual, and this latest offering is the most thoughtful, most moving, of them all.” ―Library Journal
“No poet so innovative now is more accessible, and no poet half so accessible in recent years has made the language so new.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Revell is a post-Romantic, his natural imagery clear and immediate, his feelings never very far from his sleeve, his tone approaching a prayerful devotion…” —Library Journal
“It takes guts to write more poems about peace, war, God and children, but Revell’s are so fresh, it’s as if he’s the first person ever to do it.” —TIME Magazine
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