SPLASH! by Laurel Blossom

SPLASH!

Great Writing About Swimming
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``All good writing,'' F. Scott Fitzgerald asserted, is ``swimming underwater and holding your breath.'' The degree to which swimming serves as a metaphor for the act of creation, the ways in which the act of swimming itself liberates the imagination, and the manner in which swimming serves to remove us from the world of everyday concerns, are explored here in 46 stories, poems, and essays. Blossom, a poet herself, has unerring instincts for picking distinctive prose on the subject: The collection includes John Cheever's unsettling story ``The Swimmer''; frank, exact memoirs by the swimmers Diana Nyad and Annette Kellerman; and robust poems by Maxine Kumin (``400 Meter Freestyle''), Anne Sexton (``The Nude Swim''), and Mary Oliver (``The Swimmer''). A fresh idea, well executed.

Pub Date: May 23rd, 1996
ISBN: 0-88001-449-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Ecco/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1996




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