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By Herself (Poets, Penguin)

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An artful, compelling new collection from “a special poet in every sense” (Poetry)
 
The poems in Debora Greger’s new book journey from Florida to England to Venice, finding in the byways and accidents of travel the ghostly presences that mark the poet’s passage from youth half-forgotten to the edge of old age: the younger self that, like some heroine in Henry James, she catches glimpses of and barely recognizes; the long-dead poets unable to sleep, with things still on their mind. The elegies threaded through this mature, startling book recognize life moving toward the shadows—these are poems of old responsibilities and new virtues, looking back as a way of looking forward.

Synopsis:

God has retired to Florida, like everyone else. He can't sleep. He watches TV. In the long poem that opens Debora Greger's sixth book, God, he has retreated to the swamps, where, in the lush particulars of the subtropics, a singular moral world is discovered. Wherever Greger is, she has a traveler's eye; her poetry finds the past beneath the present-where the "Eden of Florida," as the last poem ironically calls it, is an Eden with alligators. This is the work of a powerful, meditative poet, whose God is deceptively quiet, perfectly timed, and seriously amused.

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In her seventh book of poetry, Debora Greger walks out of art history class and into Europe, even to the edge of Asia. A night wedding in Venice, an encounter with a girl on an aqueduct in Istanbul, a walk into the emptiness of the Florida prairie, standing before a Rembrant or a tomb in Ravenna?these portraits of travel reveal a poet never at home even when home. Debora Greger?s poems love the accident of discovery; she is a poet whose intimacies are expressed in whispers, whose secrets come in sidelong glances.

About the Author

Debora Greger is a poet and professor who has won grants and awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim foundation. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and Paris Review.

Table of Contents

God God in Florida

Easter 1991

The British Museum

To a Blackbird

Miranda on the British Isles

British Rail

The Ruined Abbey

The Allotment Garden

The Twilight of England

A Property of the National Trust

Memoirs of a Saint

Eve at the Paradise

The Zoo in the Rain

The Overland Bus

The Laurel Tree by the River

To the Snow

Moss in the Hamptons

There Now

The Dead of Summer

Head, Perhaps of an Angel

Variante de la Tristesse: The Sadness of the Subtropics

Admiral of the Parking Lot

Persephone in the Underworld

The Civil War

Subtropical Elegy

The Eden of Florida

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143122395
Author:
Greger, Debora
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.58 x 0.36 in 0.32 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

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"Synopsis" by ,
God has retired to Florida, like everyone else. He can't sleep. He watches TV. In the long poem that opens Debora Greger's sixth book, God, he has retreated to the swamps, where, in the lush particulars of the subtropics, a singular moral world is discovered. Wherever Greger is, she has a traveler's eye; her poetry finds the past beneath the present-where the "Eden of Florida," as the last poem ironically calls it, is an Eden with alligators. This is the work of a powerful, meditative poet, whose God is deceptively quiet, perfectly timed, and seriously amused.
"Synopsis" by ,
In her seventh book of poetry, Debora Greger walks out of art history class and into Europe, even to the edge of Asia. A night wedding in Venice, an encounter with a girl on an aqueduct in Istanbul, a walk into the emptiness of the Florida prairie, standing before a Rembrant or a tomb in Ravenna?these portraits of travel reveal a poet never at home even when home. Debora Greger?s poems love the accident of discovery; she is a poet whose intimacies are expressed in whispers, whose secrets come in sidelong glances.

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