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The Wave-Maker: Poemsby Elizabeth Spires
Synopses & Reviews
In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a deepening--birth, death, and transformation all part of a seamless continuum. Possessed of a calm, crystalline sense of eternity, her poems invite fellow travelers to sit for a little while and be cleansed of the dust of existence.
A stunning new collection from a poet who 'made her name a watchword for serenity and poise' (Contemporary Poetry Review).
A contemplative, witty new collection from a "jewel of a poet" (Los Angeles Times).
About the Author
Elizabeth Spiresis the author of several volumes of poetry, including Now the Green Blade Risesand The Wave-Maker. She lives with her husband and daughter in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Goucher College.
Table of Contents
The wave make — Tea — Snail — Snail revisited — A small voice asks some large questions — You have flown to the dangerous country — To a fog spirit — Badger disguised as a Monk — Troubadour at a fork in the road — Story of a soul — Nightgown — Sims: The game — Translation of my life — White room — In a field — A little song — Fragment found in the garden — Zazen — Bloated Haiku — Coelacanth — Essential snail — Christmas Eve morning — Sunday morning at the Carmelite Monastery — The snowy day — Grey garden — To a robin in lent — Brown bird — C
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