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RedTrousseau is the latest work from one of America’s greatest modern poets. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Carol Muske has discovered a way to work magic within the boundaries of technical achievement … Her contemplation of experience is personal yet moves further, into the spiritual and philosophical; then it be longs not only to the poet but to all of us.

The poems in Red Trousseau use Los Angeles as a symbol for the seduction of appearances; reality crosses from the Wallace Stevens notion of the sun in "Red Trousseau," “hovering in its guise of impatient tribunal,” to the sun in "Unsent letter.” in which a director reshoots a tarnished sunset so that "the scene, infinite, rebegins” In Muskes poems primary colors dominate, most notably red—the red of Salem burnings, the self-immolation of a political dissident in Prague, and Eros it self, moving like a red shadow over the body of love Stylistically brilliant and emotionally resonant, the poems in Red Trousseau display the work of a master poet at the peak of her craft.

"With Red Trousseau, Carol Muske achieves the insight, emotional accuracy, and terrifying sureness of moral discernment she has always sought. She surveys human relations with an acid clairvoyance through which the reckless currents of personal and cultural history course, ripping away all but the essential tones of the human conversation with its humanity: terror, sometimes courage, excessive need, and the stubborn twin habits of hope and representation. This is urgent and beautifully confident work.’ —Jorie Graham

About the Author

Carol Muske is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels, Dear Digby and Saving St. Germ. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, including Guggenheim, NEA, and Ingram-Merrill fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Table of Contents

Red Trousseau I

To the Muse, New Year's Eve, 1990

Stage and Screen, 1989

Field Trip

In-Flight Flick

Theories of Education

Frog Pond

Little L.A. Villanelle


Red Trousseau

Alchemy, She Said

My Sister Not Painting, 1990




Prague: Two Journals

M. Butterfly



Unsent Letter

Unsent Letter 2

Unsent Letter 3 (Retro Vivo)

Unsent Letter 4: Last Take

Barra de Navidad: Envoi

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Muske, Carol
Penguin Books
New York :
American - General
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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Paperback / softback
Poets, Penguin
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no. 7
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8.40x5.55x.30 in. .29 lbs.

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