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With her trademark language—baroque yet colloquial, immediately recognizable but impossible to duplicate—Lisa Russ Spaar has written her most sumptuous, alluring, and steamy poems to date, each one bursting with an appetite for the sensuous and the lingual. “Is syntax erotic?” she asks in Vanitas, Rough. “If so, please. Please read. Here.”

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"Spaar, known for unveiling erotic lyricism in the quotidian, has been likened to Dickinson and Hopkins, and in this fourth book, her linguistic mastery continues, conveying the rapture — and hilarity — that can occur in suburban stillness. Here, where the overheard shouts of co-eds conjure absurd humor against 'the gasp/ of their fathers' beer cans opening in porch shadows,' where 'any held breath is wish for something/ to happen,' desire is existential. 'What doesn't love/ restraint?' these poems ask, while brimming with anticipation and urgency, and touched with wit, working to question the world's rough beauty and transience: 'Apricot pendulum lyre ticking// in the locust, blue fieldstones/ of the crumbling fence, old crush// on the world whose beauty I've always feared/ to see directly — will that leave me, too,// despite years that never brought me the weightless/ grace I thought I'd become for myself, or anyone?' Sequence still central to Spaar's work, the familiar becomes holy in a new series of saint poems, named, St. Protagonist, St. Chardonnay, St. Brontë, St. Vogue. Informed by past masters and contemporary moments, Spaar's work aims to uncover for us what of the world's ecstatic lushness we might have missed: 'Dear Reader,' Spaar writes, 'one wonder/ speaks of another.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today.”—Jennifer Chang, The Believer

About the Author

Lisa Russ Spaar has written and edited many books of poetry. She is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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ISBN:
9780892554201
Author:
Spaar, Lisa Russ
Publisher:
Persea Books
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Spaar, known for unveiling erotic lyricism in the quotidian, has been likened to Dickinson and Hopkins, and in this fourth book, her linguistic mastery continues, conveying the rapture — and hilarity — that can occur in suburban stillness. Here, where the overheard shouts of co-eds conjure absurd humor against 'the gasp/ of their fathers' beer cans opening in porch shadows,' where 'any held breath is wish for something/ to happen,' desire is existential. 'What doesn't love/ restraint?' these poems ask, while brimming with anticipation and urgency, and touched with wit, working to question the world's rough beauty and transience: 'Apricot pendulum lyre ticking// in the locust, blue fieldstones/ of the crumbling fence, old crush// on the world whose beauty I've always feared/ to see directly — will that leave me, too,// despite years that never brought me the weightless/ grace I thought I'd become for myself, or anyone?' Sequence still central to Spaar's work, the familiar becomes holy in a new series of saint poems, named, St. Protagonist, St. Chardonnay, St. Brontë, St. Vogue. Informed by past masters and contemporary moments, Spaar's work aims to uncover for us what of the world's ecstatic lushness we might have missed: 'Dear Reader,' Spaar writes, 'one wonder/ speaks of another.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today.”—Jennifer Chang, The Believer
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