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Red Rover is both the name of a childrens game and a formless spirit, a god of release and permission, called upon in the course of that game. The “red rover” is also a thread of desire, and a clue to the forces of love and antipathy that shape our fate. In her most innovative work to date, award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart remembers the antithetical forcesfalling and rising, coming and going, circling and centeringrevealed in such games and traces them out to many other cycles. The alternation of night and day, dreams and waking, the round of seasons, the whirling paths of planetary motion, the vortex of history as the founding, decline, and renewal of ways of life all orbit within this book. Ranging among traditional, open, and newly-invented forms, and including a series of free translations of medieval dream visions and love poems, Red Rover begins as a historical meditation on our fall and grows into a song of praise for the green and turning world.

 

Praise for Susan Stewarts Columbarium

 

“These poems are gorgeous in themselves, but more gorgeous for the philosophical heft of the fabric they are embroidered on.”Dan Chiasson, Poetry

 

“Disarminglyand deceptivelydirect, refracting light in every direction. . . . Stewart observes the world carefully and comes up with some startling conclusions.”Library Journal

 

“Wonderfully imaginative. . . . Its as if the endless mutability and metamorphic power of nature find an echo in a series of malleable poetic forms.”Edward Hirsch, Washington Post

 
 

Review:

"In this follow-up to her National Book Critics Circle Award — winning Columbarium, critic and poet Stewart offers sequences and serial poems that move across historical time, and continually reveal the ominous hiding in the innocuous, or vice versa ('burning bread smells like/ baked earth'). Beginning with children encountering the world through play, this gathering of poems, with their masterful cadences, allegorically pitched narratives and various speakers 'bound/ deep to old griefs and wonder,' build toward an indictment of aggression and war. Contemporary violence meets canonical literature, illuminating the repetition of history and calling for a reexamined culpability: 'War profiteering has many means, including/ the sale of poems against war.' Whether it's the command of a window seat leading to a mediation on ecological disaster, or the discovery of an arrowhead ('sharp enough/ to penetrate/ fur or hide/ or hated flesh,/ and pin it/ back to earth') to a question about imperialism, these poems ask the reader to register anew, from 'small changes of perspective,' the darker implications what we take for granted, even when '[t]hings beg to be used,/ to be turned, and/ the reasons to withdraw/ are hard to know.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Red Rover is both the name of a childrens game and a formless spirit, a god of release and permission, called upon in the course of that game. The “red rover” is also a thread of desire, and a clue to the forces of love and antipathy that shape our fate. In her most innovative work to date, award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart remembers the antithetical forces—falling and rising, coming and going, circling and centering—revealed in such games and traces them out to many other cycles. Ranging among traditional, open, and newly-invented forms, and including a series of free translations of medieval dream visions and love poems, Red Rover begins as a historical meditation on our fall and grows into a song of praise for the green and turning world.

About the Author

Susan Stewart is the Annan Professor of English at Princeton University. Her previous books of poems, The Forest and Columbarium (which won the National Book Critics Circle Award), and her works of criticism, The Open Studio and Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (which won the Phi Beta Kappas Christian Gauss Award) are all published by the University of Chicago Press.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

I. SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACK

     The Owl

     Lavinium

     Games from Children

          my mother's garden

          shadowplay

          king of the hill

          tag

          red rover

     Daylily

     Oil and Water

     Songs for Adam

          Adam lay a-bounden, bounden in a bond

          the names

          the dream

          the cool of the evening

          lullabye

          as clerks find written in their book

     The Green

     Thoughts made of cloth

II. THOUGHTS MADE OF METAL

     The Erl King

     Titus

     The Former Age

     When I'm crying, I'm not speaking

     When I'm speaking, I'm not crying

     Gold and Soil

     Elegy Against the Massacre at the Amish School in West Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Autumn 2006

     Wrens

     The Lost Colony

     Arrowhead

     The Complaint of Mars

          Prologue

          Story

          Complaint

III. THOUGHTS MADE OF WOOD

     The Complaint of Venus

     Thoughts made of wood

     Variations on <<The Dream of the Rood>>

     Dialogue in San Clemente

     A Cone Flower

     In the Western World

          the sun is charity

          a boy's voice

          the window seat

          the figure in the garden

          a little room

          the rocks beneath the water

          there is no natural death

          moon at morning

          the fox

     The Field of Mars as a Meadow

     A Constant State of Gravitation

     The Vision of Er

     The Fall

     Three Geese

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226774541
Author:
Stewart, Susan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this follow-up to her National Book Critics Circle Award — winning Columbarium, critic and poet Stewart offers sequences and serial poems that move across historical time, and continually reveal the ominous hiding in the innocuous, or vice versa ('burning bread smells like/ baked earth'). Beginning with children encountering the world through play, this gathering of poems, with their masterful cadences, allegorically pitched narratives and various speakers 'bound/ deep to old griefs and wonder,' build toward an indictment of aggression and war. Contemporary violence meets canonical literature, illuminating the repetition of history and calling for a reexamined culpability: 'War profiteering has many means, including/ the sale of poems against war.' Whether it's the command of a window seat leading to a mediation on ecological disaster, or the discovery of an arrowhead ('sharp enough/ to penetrate/ fur or hide/ or hated flesh,/ and pin it/ back to earth') to a question about imperialism, these poems ask the reader to register anew, from 'small changes of perspective,' the darker implications what we take for granted, even when '[t]hings beg to be used,/ to be turned, and/ the reasons to withdraw/ are hard to know.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Red Rover is both the name of a childrens game and a formless spirit, a god of release and permission, called upon in the course of that game. The “red rover” is also a thread of desire, and a clue to the forces of love and antipathy that shape our fate. In her most innovative work to date, award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart remembers the antithetical forces&#8212;falling and rising, coming and going, circling and centering&#8212;revealed in such games and traces them out to many other cycles. Ranging among traditional, open, and newly-invented forms, and including a series of free translations of medieval dream visions and love poems, Red Rover begins as a historical meditation on our fall and grows into a song of praise for the green and turning world.
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