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I am drawn to subtle lines - the labyrinth between obscurantism and simplicity of poems like the ones in this collection. This is a fascinating experiment - a mixture of history, afterlife, exploration of the inner self and valences that add up the maze and webs of life. Claudia brilliantly quells apprehensions of poetryphobics with her luxuriantly beautiful lines, sonnets and elegies.
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neatly crafted poem with jewels and pearls as words.
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Product Details

Emerson, Claudia
Louisiana State University Press
Smith, Dave
Trethewey, Natasha
Martin, Linda
American - General
Poetry-A to Z
Single Author / American
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
University of Alaska Press - The Alaska Literary Series
Publication Date:
September 30, 2005
9 x 6 x 0.4 in

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Product details 60 pages Louisiana State University Press - English 9780807130841 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Claudia Emerson's Late Wife tells the story of love lost and redeemed. Her poetry explores the way we attach meaning to things without us and connect them with our inner lives. In her hands heartbreak and healing turn as tangible as the material world she observes with such love and such precision."
"Review" by , "Like the estranged lover in one of her poems who pitches horseshoes in the dark with preternatural precision, so Emerson sends her words into a different kind of darkness with steely exactness, their arc of perception over and over striking true. With exceptional linguistic and emotional poise, her fine new collection moves from retrospect to prospect, from one love's withering to another's rebirth, from loss not merely tallied but to that rarer arrival: loss weighed, survived, understood."
"Review" by , "Though they clearly fit into various points along the outline of a story, Emerson's new poems transcend narrative. They are deeply absorbing because their author has brilliantly observed brief but powerful moments, and rendered these miracles of observation with secure craftsmanship."
"Synopsis" by , The Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard explored Natasha Tretheweys relationship with her black mother. Now, her new collection, Thrall, takes on the uneasy relationship between her and her white father. It charts the intersections of public and personal history that determine the roles to which a mixed-race daughter and her white father are consigned.


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I Follow in the Dust She Raises is a collection of deeply personal poems born from a life sharply observed. Martin takes readers from the mountains of the West to the shores of Alaska, as she delves into the rippling depth of childhood experiences, tracks the moments that change a life, and settles into the fine grooves of age.  Exploring the ties of family and grief, Martins unflinching poetry ripples with moments of extraordinary beauty plucked from what seem like ordinary lives.
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The stunning follow-up volume to her 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard, by Americas new Poet Laureate

Natasha Tretheweys poems are at once deeply personal and historical—exploring her own interracial and complicated roots—and utterly American, connecting them to ours. The daughter of a black mother and white father, a student of history and of the Deep South, she is inspired by everything from colonial paintings of mulattos and mestizos to the stories of people forgotten by history. Meditations on captivity, knowledge, and inheritance permeate Thrall, as she reflects on a series of small estrangements from her poet father and comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.

Thrall confirms not only that Natasha Trethewey is one of our most gifted and necessary poets but that she is also one of our most brilliant and fearless.

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