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H.L. Hix's newest poetry book, Chromatic, bears as its epigraph the philosopher Baruch de Spinoza's assertion that desire is the very nature or essence of every single individual. The three sequences of poems in Chromatic test that claim. Each has a borrowed title: Remarks on Color from Ludwig Wittgenstein, Eighteen Maniacs from Duke Ellington, and The Well-Tempered Clavier from J.S. Bach. Exploiting those predecessors, the poems in Chromatic explore the full range of effects caused by human desire, from ecstasy to suffering. Chromatic was a National Book Award fi nalist for poetry in 2006.
Etruscan Press, 9780974599564, 69pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2006
About the Author
H. L. Hix teaches in and directs the creative writing MFA at the University of Wyoming. In addition to his books from Etruscan, he has published a number of other books of poetry, poetry in translation, and criticism. His poetry has been recognized with the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award.
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