Synopses & Reviews
In the Manderley of Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier's forbidding haven of mocking ghosts and secrets that refuse to remain buried, nothing is as it seems. So in this stunning debut collection by Rebecca Wolff, cities, partners, mothers, sisters, friends, and perfect strangers all disguise their true faces, while they who seek connection are "transported from one great gaping / hole in the fabric / of our knowledge to another."
No passage is too dark, no garden too tangled for the troubled dreamer of Manderley. Wolff turns a quicksilver gaze on a fluid world where both the real and the imaginary are transfigured. Tempering steely candor with a sophisticated delight in wordplay, these poems turn on a dime from the sensual to the eerie, the resigned to the hopeful, the comforting to the shocking. Each poem weaves together layers of dream, remembrance, and fantasy, distilling from romantic excess a gritty, spare language of truth-telling and surprise.
Table of Contents
Occasional poem -- The royal begonia -- Tunnel visionary -- Broads abroad: Elizabeth Bishop & Jane Bowles -- Couched -- He wrapped himself in my warmest ... -- Spending the day on a sleeping porch -- I liked it so much he gave it to me as a present -- Mom gets laid -- Flame on -- Don't know what to call him but he's mighty lak a rose -- Motion picture adaptation -- Conquering ambivalence -- Interminable silence -- Letters, young, and old poets -- Spring forward, fall back -- The lowest common denominator -- Firefly -- The world is my cloister -- Constant in opal -- Ashtabula County -- Portrait -- A syllogism -- Out of town -- Day laborers -- Press play -- The devil in Massachusetts -- Distinguished reunion -- Mister pitiful: a literary biography -- Rowena swallows yr. nocturnal spooge -- Chinatown, oh -- The proverbial handshake -- Everything demystified -- The sun in winter -- It all ends in resignation.