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Sarah Plimpton
 
Sarah Plimpton is a painter, a novelist, and a poet. She divides her time between New York City and France. Her poems and prose have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and the Denver Quarterly, among other magazines. A collection of poems has been translated into French, L'Autre Soleil, and published by LeCormier, Belgium. Her paintings and artist's books are in various museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum, of Art.

Sarah’s latest book is a collection of poetry called The Every Day. Here are some comments about this sensitive and provocative work:

As quiet as a moment just before sleep, Sarah Plimpton's poems are like preludes to dreams. The “everyday” happens daily, but it is also rare and precious in Ms. Plimpton's transparent telling.” 
--John Ashbery

“The power of Sarah Plimpton’s poetry lies in the truth of what is not said. Her silences are eloquent. In The Every Day, she writes with passion and accuracy, and yet with veneration for mystery, leading us to discover the fullness of sun, air, and sky, and things of the earth we never knew were there.”
-- Grace Schulman

“Burnished and elemental, Sarah Plimpton's sinewy poems open vistas of experience and sensation in astonishingly few words.” - Rachel Hadas
        




Following is a Publishers Weekly review of Plimpton’s novel, Hurry Along:

Poet and painter Plimpton's fiction debut is a luscious non-narrative map of shifting emotional and physical landscapes born out of the quotidian lives of people, trees, animals, beaches, and more. Plimpton usually makes her way through the book via the eyes of individuals somehow intertwined, but just as suddenly as a world is crafted through Plimpton's effortless prose, it shifts or disappears entirely. The novel's vibrant, contoured world grants its every facet a degree of agency--from the effects of domesticity to the weather itself--rendering characters' inner states via impression as opposed to exposition. What might become tedious in the hands of a less skilled writer is achieved by Plimpton with aplomb--because the book's constituent elements are at once familiar and capable of unending transformation, the sensation of reading Plimpton's prose is that of wandering vividly decorated corridors of imagination. Most rewarding is Plimpton's refusal to inhibit her evolving creations; she allows them to develop perpetually, and then drop delicately away, like a flower's petals, "fluttered" by the breeze that we feel, but cannot see. (Feb.)

Other comments:

"This is a novel about looking and breathing, about being alive in one's own skin, about the physical properties of colors and flowers and light, about the transformative powers of the human eye. Plimpton's strange mutating sentences make me think of Cezanne's brush strokes, the exactitude of a rendered world at the precise instant it is perceived. Quietly, every so quietly, Hurry Along is one of the most radical books I have read in years." Paul Auster, Novelist and Poet

"Sarah Plimpton has written a mysterious, dense and beautiful novel. It merits reading and rereading." Louis Begley, Novelist

"Hurry Along presents us with many ordinary images and scenes made vivid and captivating by their writing; these alternate with dramatic and complex scenes that tell the story of the book – the family life of a grandmother, her daughter, and her grandson – in unpredictable fragments. The prose remains as lively as ever, but the fragments, rarely explained, remain shrouded in ambiguity, clarified only by an explicitly metaphorical commentary on the passage of the seasons. Reading, I repeatedly tell myself that I should stop and make a rational summary of what is happening, but I never do, always hurrying along in anticipation of new delights (and possible clarifications); but the condition of the delights is necessarily a tantalizing mystery; and that, ultimately, is the greatest delight of all in this ravishing and generous work." Harry Mathews, Author of The Conversions, and other novels


"Unlike anything I've ever read before.... Using a vocabulary as simple as ABC, Plimpton nonetheless manages to construct a narrative which is anything but simple: an intensely observant walk through other peoples' lives." - Trevor Winkfield, Painter and Author
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