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Scriptorium

By Melissa Range & Tracy K. Smith
Scriptorium by Melissa Range & Tracy K. Smith digital book - Fable

Publisher Description

National Poetry Series Winner

A collection of poems exploring religious and linguistic authority, from medieval England to contemporary Appalachia—with a foreword by Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

The poems in Scriptorium are primarily concerned with questions of religious authority. The medieval scriptorium, the central image of the collection, stands for that authority but also for its subversion; it is both a place where religious ideas are codified in writing and a place where an individual scribe might, with a sly movement of the pen, express unorthodox religious thoughts and experiences.
 
In addition to exploring the ways language is used, or abused, to claim religious authority, Scriptorium also addresses the authority of the vernacular in various time periods and places, particularly in the Appalachian slang of the author’s East Tennessee upbringing. Throughout Scriptorium, the historical mingles with the personal: poems about medieval art, theology, and verse share space with poems that chronicle personal struggles with faith and doubt.

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“There was such an excellent sense of place and environment in this collection of poems. The language and word choice was beautiful, and the focus on color and nature was particularly well done. It's an exquisite ode to religion and Southern culture. Though I didn't always understand the poems, because I don't have the specific cultural experiences to know what they were saying at all times, I still really appreciated the vivid and sensual imagery Range created. I recommend it as a read for anyone looking to get into more poetry.”

About Melissa Range

Melissa Range is the author of the poetry collection Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010) and the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Antiquarian Society, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA), and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Originally from East Tennessee, Range currently lives in Wisconsin and teaches at Lawrence University.

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