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Using natural, biblical, and classical imagery, these poems explore the difficulties of faith and love — particularly the difficulties of their expression, their performance. Moving between dramatic and interior monologue, and moving through intersecting histories, the ambiguities of inwardness and the eros of wakeful existence, these poems search for relationships with self, others, the world and God that are authentic — however quirky or strange.

Review:

"[T]he best of these...poems express an almost intimate relationship between the poet and the sacred....Using fresh metaphors...Szybist examines spiritual states from longing to abandonment to ecstasy." Library Journal

Review:

"[Mary Szybist] has a gift for music, a gift for aphorism, a gift for being haunted. This is serious work, so it is occasionally funny and sometimes strange and often beautiful." Robert Hass

Review:

"Mary Szybist's great poetic gifts confront the limits of human compassion, delving into some of its agonized consequences." Jorie Graham

Review:

"This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition — to overcome by the quietest of means." Donald Justice

Synopsis:

This superb first collection is the winner of the 2001 Beatrice Hawley Award.

Synopsis:

Using natural, biblical, and classical imagery, these poems explore the difficulties of faith and love—particularly the difficulties of their expression, their performance. Moving between dramatic and interior monologue, and moving through intersecting histories, the ambiguities of inwardness and the eros of wakeful existence, these poems search for relationships with self, others, the world and God that are authentic—however quirky or strange.

"This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition—to overcome by the quietest of means."—Donald Justice

In Tennessee I Found a Firefly

Flashing in the grass; the mouth of a spider clung

to the dark of it: the legs of the spider

held the tucked wings close,

held the abdomen still in the midst of calling

with thrusts of phosphorescent light—

When I am tired of being human, I try to remember

the two stuck together like burrs. I try to place them

central in my mind where everything else must

surround them, must see the burr and the barb of them.

There is courtship, and there is hunger. I suppose

there are grips from which even angels cannot fly.

Even imagined ones. Luciferin, luciferase.

When I am tired of only touching,

I have my mouth to try to tell you

what, in your arms, is not erased

"This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition—to overcome by the quietest of means."—Donald Justice

Product Details

ISBN:
9781882295371
Author:
Szybist, Mary
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Location:
Farmington, Me.
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Religious poetry, american
Subject:
Love poetry, American
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
01-03-025
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 80 pages Alice James Books - English 9781882295371 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he best of these...poems express an almost intimate relationship between the poet and the sacred....Using fresh metaphors...Szybist examines spiritual states from longing to abandonment to ecstasy."
"Review" by , "[Mary Szybist] has a gift for music, a gift for aphorism, a gift for being haunted. This is serious work, so it is occasionally funny and sometimes strange and often beautiful."
"Review" by , "Mary Szybist's great poetic gifts confront the limits of human compassion, delving into some of its agonized consequences."
"Review" by , "This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition — to overcome by the quietest of means."
"Synopsis" by ,
This superb first collection is the winner of the 2001 Beatrice Hawley Award.
"Synopsis" by ,

Using natural, biblical, and classical imagery, these poems explore the difficulties of faith and love—particularly the difficulties of their expression, their performance. Moving between dramatic and interior monologue, and moving through intersecting histories, the ambiguities of inwardness and the eros of wakeful existence, these poems search for relationships with self, others, the world and God that are authentic—however quirky or strange.

"This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition—to overcome by the quietest of means."—Donald Justice

In Tennessee I Found a Firefly

Flashing in the grass; the mouth of a spider clung

to the dark of it: the legs of the spider

held the tucked wings close,

held the abdomen still in the midst of calling

with thrusts of phosphorescent light—

When I am tired of being human, I try to remember

the two stuck together like burrs. I try to place them

central in my mind where everything else must

surround them, must see the burr and the barb of them.

There is courtship, and there is hunger. I suppose

there are grips from which even angels cannot fly.

Even imagined ones. Luciferin, luciferase.

When I am tired of only touching,

I have my mouth to try to tell you

what, in your arms, is not erased

"This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition—to overcome by the quietest of means."—Donald Justice

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