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Lyrical and highly charged, these poems examine the strengths and frailties of the human psyche as it functions under the stress of loss, disappointment and mortality. As the poet struggles with reality's continuing failure to satisfy basic human needs, she develops a deepened reliance on the imagination as a source of restorative powers.

"I like Christine Garren's poetry for its fervor and idiosyncrasy. It lives in the common places of daily life but opens into mysterious invisible orders. Afterworld is a strange and compelling book by a gifted visionary artist."—W. S. Di Piero

"In Afterworld, Christine Garren calls up again and again how it feels to be touched by some relatively familiar thing that happens. A cluster of balloons rises from a birthday party, night falls, and it is left for her to sing about the separate moments with remarkable and unforced grace. Her poems confirm that there's as much at stake in evanescences as we've always suspected but not found ways to say."—James McMichael

"The language seems but a shade, a muted rendering of Garren's images, so concrete and ethereal, knowing and innocent. If this reviewer is being abstract it's because these poems do that to you—they create an arrangement of words, so that, for a while, I believed there was none other."—Harvard Review

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

First Magnitudes

The Drive

When They Loved

Flowers

On Suffering

Solarization

Doves

The Soul

Homage

A Mother Speaks to Her Son

The Rescue

Visor

From Another Country

Beginnings

Camping

Mantis

Willows

Weed

Lost

Wall

After the Flood

The Romantics

Knowledge

Cage

The Well

Stadium

The Romans

Column

The Fountains

Chivalry

Reunion

The Warning

Folly

Pre-Nuptial

Honeymoon

Pool

Gate

The Artist

Birthday

Expedition

Reality: An Argument

Nightfall

Cure

Southport

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226284095
Author:
Garren, Christine
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19930631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
62
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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