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A dazzling story of obsessive love emerges in Cynthia Zarins luminous new book inspired and inhabited by the title character of Nabokovs novel Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, who was the lifelong love of her half brother, Van.

These electric poems are set in a Nabokovian landscape of memory in which real places, people, and things—the exploration of the Hudson River, Edwardian London, sunflowers, Chekhov, Harlem, decks of cards, the death of Solzhenitsyn, morpho butterflies—collide with the speakers own protean tale of desire and loss. With a string of brilliant contemporary sonnets as its spine, the book is a headlong display of mastery and sorrow: in the opening poem, “Birch,” the poet writes “Abide with me, arrive / at its skinned branches, its arms pulled / from the sapling . . . the birch all elbows, taking us in.” But Zarin does not “Destroy and forget” as Nabokovs witty, tender Ada would have her do; rather, as she writes in “Fugue: Pilgrim Valley,” “The pasts / clear colors make the future dim, Lethes / swale lined with willow twigs.” Like all enduring love poetry, these poems are a gorgeous refusal to forget.

A riveting, high-stakes performance by one of our major poets, The Ada Poems

extends the reach of American poetry.

About the Author

Cynthia Zarin was born in New York City and educated at Harvard and Columbia. She is the author of three previous books of poetry—The Watercourse, Fire Lyric, and The Swordfish Tooth—and several books for children. She is a longtime contributor to The New Yorker. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and winner of the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, she teaches at Yale and lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307272478
Author:
Zarin, Cynthia
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Single Author / General
Subject:
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.6 x 6.2 x .49 in .575 lb

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