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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alane Rollings  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


-- Alane Rollings on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Alane lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alane is a published poet who at one time taught at the University of Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Transparent Landscapes (A Raccoon book)
ISBN: 091851830X

St Lukes Pr. 1984

Book by Rollings, Alane

In Your Own Sweet Time (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0819521566

Wesleyan University Press. 1989

Alane Rollings' poems are monologues spoken by a woman who sometimes addresses a man, sometimes herself. They are highly inventive, rich and extravagant in their imaginative range, their leap of mind from one point to another, their quiet intensity. They are personal, intimate but also universal in their themes of love and tenderness. They are concerned with abstract ideas but in a context a real phenomena, a need for incessant questioning of oneself, others, life, the universe no final resolution is found. There is a sense of elusiveness, paradox and enigma: "Are we born to be what we are?" "Every idea is someone." "You can't fight time with anything but beauty." These are poems of grace and power.

The Struggle to Adore
ISBN: 0934257973

Story Line Press. 1994

Intense, analytical poems about the power and the powerlessness of love. Published by Story Line Press, Three Oaks Farm, Brownsville, OR 97327-9718. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The Logic of Opposites
ISBN: 0810150824

Triquarterly. 1998

In her fourth collection of poetry, Alane Rollings grapples with the power and potency of philosophical and psychological opposites. Written by a poet who has suffered from bipolar illness, these paired poems represent opposites in both mood and perspective: they are confessional without being autobiographical intimate while maintaining a curious detachment utterly serious, yet often seductively casual in tone.

To Be in This Number (Triquarterly Books)
ISBN: 0810151553

Triquarterly. 2005

With her fifth book of poetry, Alane Rollings continues to demonstrate her originality and her own poetic style. To Be In This Number shapes personal and national events in 20th Century--America into a narrative which begins before the Depression and ends after 9/11. The historical sweep includes the birth of Jazz, World War II (and antisemitism), the rise of rock music, the civil rights movement, and the expanding women's consciousness. Always keeping in mind the roles of both a national consciousness and the individual, Rollings examines a variety of themes surrounding family, race, and gender relationships to see how they have (or have not) progressed. True to Rollings' courageous style, each poem is part of an unusual journey through poetic narrative, profound emotion, and intimate language.

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