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Publisher Comments:

Demonstrating once again her "luxuriantly sensual imagination" (Washington Post), Molly Peacock celebrates marriage and a two-track life with the man who became her husband. As teenage sweethearts separated by other obligations, they found each other again at midlife. The piquant, sonnet-based poems take as their starting point her husband's survival from a life-threatening disease, addressing the contradictory ideas of planning for the future along with the urgency to make the present brilliantly alive. Three sections of the book portray moments in the marriage'"domestic glimpses'"but all the poems revolve around the deeper issue of how we love and how love affects the way we live.

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"Since the 1980s, Peacock has used her gifts for meter and rhyme to portray, and to praise, her own experience, framing brief encounters, regrets and sexual joys with energy and clarity that suggest poets from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Marilyn Hacker. This sixth collection touches on what she has shared with her husband — their first encounters as teenagers, their years apart before they fell in love as adults, his near-fatal illness and their happy life in Toronto now: 'you drop a clue,/ and the land reshapes;/ I pick it up,/ and we pull through,/ so far.' This entertaining if occasionally glib volume may seem to some readers a model of how to put one's own life into verse. Yet readers who seek unity in Peacock's sixth collection might look not to its people but to its cats — the feline members in Peacock's household are the subjects of the book's strong sonnets. When one cat dies, the poet considers mortality, family and pathos more generally; when another thrives, 'The sound of well-being starting/ and continuing, the full flesh clock, true/ to its pledge — now-were, now-ere — is our purr.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Acclaimed poet Molly Peacock tracks the vicissitudes of midlife marriage in her saucy, vulnerable, philosophical sixth collection.

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'Peacock is in peak form in these seductive poems that swing and twirl . . . valiant, trenchant, funny, and on point."Booklist

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Demonstrating once again her "luxuriantly sensual imagination" (), Molly Peacock celebrates marriage and a two-track life with the man who became her husband. As teenage sweethearts separated by other obligations, they found each other again at midlife. The piquant, sonnet-based poems take as their starting point her husband's survival from a life-threatening disease, addressing the contradictory ideas of planning for the future along with the urgency to make the present brilliantly alive. Three sections of the book portray moments in the marriage--domestic glimpses--but all the poems revolve around the deeper issue of how we love and how love affects the way we live.

About the Author

Molly Peacockhas published five books of poetry and a memoir, and has been president of the Poetry Society of America and poet-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. She lives in Toronto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393066517
Author:
Peacock, Molly
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Middle age
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.51x5.62x.54 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 80 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393066517 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Since the 1980s, Peacock has used her gifts for meter and rhyme to portray, and to praise, her own experience, framing brief encounters, regrets and sexual joys with energy and clarity that suggest poets from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Marilyn Hacker. This sixth collection touches on what she has shared with her husband — their first encounters as teenagers, their years apart before they fell in love as adults, his near-fatal illness and their happy life in Toronto now: 'you drop a clue,/ and the land reshapes;/ I pick it up,/ and we pull through,/ so far.' This entertaining if occasionally glib volume may seem to some readers a model of how to put one's own life into verse. Yet readers who seek unity in Peacock's sixth collection might look not to its people but to its cats — the feline members in Peacock's household are the subjects of the book's strong sonnets. When one cat dies, the poet considers mortality, family and pathos more generally; when another thrives, 'The sound of well-being starting/ and continuing, the full flesh clock, true/ to its pledge — now-were, now-ere — is our purr.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed poet Molly Peacock tracks the vicissitudes of midlife marriage in her saucy, vulnerable, philosophical sixth collection.
"Synopsis" by , 'Peacock is in peak form in these seductive poems that swing and twirl . . . valiant, trenchant, funny, and on point."Booklist
"Synopsis" by , Demonstrating once again her "luxuriantly sensual imagination" (), Molly Peacock celebrates marriage and a two-track life with the man who became her husband. As teenage sweethearts separated by other obligations, they found each other again at midlife. The piquant, sonnet-based poems take as their starting point her husband's survival from a life-threatening disease, addressing the contradictory ideas of planning for the future along with the urgency to make the present brilliantly alive. Three sections of the book portray moments in the marriage--domestic glimpses--but all the poems revolve around the deeper issue of how we love and how love affects the way we live.
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