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“Jane Shore is the poet of little ambushes, moments that hold us hostage, moments when we come to life.” — Julia Alvarez

Since Robert Fitzgerald praised Eye Level, Jane Shores 1977 Juniper Prize-winning first collection, for its “cool but venturesome eye,” her work has continued to receive the highest accolades and attention from critics and fellow poets. That Said: New and Selected Poems extends Shores lifelong, vivid exploration of memory—her childhood in New Jersey, her Jewish heritage, her adult years in Vermont. Shores devotion to her familiar coterie of departed parents, aunts, uncles, and friends passionately subscribes to Sholem Aleichems dictum that “eternity resides in the past.”

United States Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin wrote, “Shores characters emerge with an etched clarity . . . She performs this summoning with a language of quiet directness, grace and exactness, clear and without affectations.” And while there is no “typical” Jane Shore poem, what unifies them is her bittersweet introspection, elegant restraint, provocative autobiography, and on every page a magnetic readability.

Review:

"Quietly serious, trustworthy and often sad, this sixth collection from Spires (Worldling) finds the poet preoccupied with first and last things: death, illness, age and debility take up much of the book, while ascetic religion, in the lives of monks and nuns, occupies more hopeful poems near the volume's end. Though only 58 years old, Spires looks back on her life as if from near its conclusion: 'Like an idiot child, I piled my pretty stones,/ knowing the waves would knock them down.' One of her best new poems considers the video game 'The Sims,' where 'Adults never get older & old people can do/ anything young people can do.' Again and again Spires depicts the flimsiness of all human life-defining 'house,' for example, as 'a leaf over my head.' Some will object, understandably, that Spires' new poems lack intellectual rigor-but they might well make up for that lack in their moving frailty, even giving us (as Spires sometimes implies) models for the later chapters in our own lives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A stunning new collection from a poet who 'made her name a watchword for serenity and poise' (Contemporary Poetry Review).

Synopsis:

A contemplative, witty new collection from a "jewel of a poet" ().

Synopsis:

This collection of poems by Jane Shore, one of America's most distinguished poets, traces the development of her career—from her first two award-winning volumes to a group of new poems that display her knack for discovering the uncanny in everyday experience.

Synopsis:

In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a deepening--birth, death, and transformation all part of a seamless continuum. Possessed of a calm, crystalline sense of eternity, her poems invite fellow travelers to sit for a little while and be cleansed of the dust of existence.

About the Author

Elizabeth Spires is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Now the Green Blade Rises and The Wave-Maker. She lives with her husband and daughter in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Goucher College.

Table of Contents

New Poems

Willow 3

Priorities 5

Fortune Cookies 7

Chatty Cathy 9

Danny Kaye at the Palace 12

My Fathers Shoe Trees 14

Last Words 16

Pickwick 18

Gratitude 20

A Reminder 22

American Girls 24

Mirror/Mirror 28

Gaslight 30

Staging Your House 32

Where to Find Us 34

Rainbow Weather 36

Eye Level (1977)

Witness 41

The Advent Calendar 42

A Letter Sent to Summer 46

Noon 48

Home Movies: 1949 49

Fortunes Pantoum 50

The Lifeguard 52

Sounding the Lake 53

Eye Level 56

The Minute Hand (1987)

A Clock 73

Pharaoh 76

Young Woman on the Flying Trapeze 78

The Russian Doll 81

Anthony 85

Thumbelina 87

High Holy Days 89

The Game of Jackstraws 92

Tender Acre 95

Wood 97

Persian Miniature 99

the Glass Slipper 101

Dresses 103

A Luna Moth 107

The Island 110

Music Minus One (1996)

Washing the Streets of Holland 115

Monday 118

Learning to Read 120

Best Friend 124

The Sunroom 126

The Holiday Season 129

The Slap 135

The House of Silver Blondes 138

Music Minus One 141

Meat 144

Workout 147

The Wrong End of the Telescope 150

Missing 155

Postpartum, Honolulu 157

The Bad Mother 159

The Sound of Sense 162

Holocaust Museum 164

The Lazy Susan 167

The Combination 171

Happy Family (1999)

Happy Family 177

Crazy Joey 180

Mrs. Hitler 182

The Uncanny 185

The Best-Dressed Girl in School 188

My Mothers Space Shoes 192

Evil Eye 196

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium 198

Reprise 203

Shit Soup 206

My Mothers Mirror 208

Happiness 211

A Yes-or-No Answer (2008)

A Yes-or-No Answer 217

The Streak 219

My Mothers Chair 221

The Closet 224

Possession 226

Trouble Dolls 228

The Blue Address Book 230

Dummy 233

Shopping Urban 236

My Mothers Foot 238

Keys 240

Trick Candles 242

My Fathers Visits 244

Unforgettable 246

Dream City 250

Body and Soul 253

Gods Breath 256

On the Way Back from Goodwill 258

Fugue 260

Scrabble in Heaven 262

Gelato 264

Acknowledgments 267

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393066593
Author:
Spires, Elizabeth
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Shore, Jane
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.03 lb

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Product details 96 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393066593 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Quietly serious, trustworthy and often sad, this sixth collection from Spires (Worldling) finds the poet preoccupied with first and last things: death, illness, age and debility take up much of the book, while ascetic religion, in the lives of monks and nuns, occupies more hopeful poems near the volume's end. Though only 58 years old, Spires looks back on her life as if from near its conclusion: 'Like an idiot child, I piled my pretty stones,/ knowing the waves would knock them down.' One of her best new poems considers the video game 'The Sims,' where 'Adults never get older & old people can do/ anything young people can do.' Again and again Spires depicts the flimsiness of all human life-defining 'house,' for example, as 'a leaf over my head.' Some will object, understandably, that Spires' new poems lack intellectual rigor-but they might well make up for that lack in their moving frailty, even giving us (as Spires sometimes implies) models for the later chapters in our own lives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A stunning new collection from a poet who 'made her name a watchword for serenity and poise' (Contemporary Poetry Review).
"Synopsis" by , A contemplative, witty new collection from a "jewel of a poet" ().
"Synopsis" by , This collection of poems by Jane Shore, one of America's most distinguished poets, traces the development of her career—from her first two award-winning volumes to a group of new poems that display her knack for discovering the uncanny in everyday experience.
"Synopsis" by , In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a deepening--birth, death, and transformation all part of a seamless continuum. Possessed of a calm, crystalline sense of eternity, her poems invite fellow travelers to sit for a little while and be cleansed of the dust of existence.
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