The Beautiful Lesson of the I

by Frances Brent

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foreword by Rachel Hadas

Volume 9 of the May Swenson Poetry Award Series, 2005

"The rightness and precision in poem after poem correspond to the quiet authority of a voice that issues from painstaking observation, not from improvisation or anecdote. May Swenson would have admired and enjoyed this collection—as I do."
—Rachel Hadas


The Beautiful Lesson of the I is a collection of finely made poems by an accomplished poet. It will reward the scholar and the student of poetry, as well as the reader looking for the simple pleasures of poetic insight authentically felt.


Frances Brent's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Notre Dame Review, Yale Review, and in many other journals. She was born in Chicago and was educated at Barnard College. She studied poetry at Columbia University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. From 1984-1991 she co-edited the literary journal Formations. In 1987 she co-translated Beyond the Limit: poems by Irina Ratushinska-ya. She has taught at Yale, Northwestern, Loyola University, and Barat College. She lives with her family in New Haven.

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  • Paperback Price: $14.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-619-6
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  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-522-9
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Pages: 80
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  • Author: by Frances Brent
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