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Figures in a Landscape - (Phoenix Poets) by Gail Mazur (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 96

Genre: Poetry

Sub-Genre: American

Series Title: Phoenix Poets

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Book theme: General

Author: Gail Mazur

Language: English

Street Date: April 15, 2011
TCIN: 79624496
UPC: 9780226514413
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-6287


A new inclusiveness, a heady freedom, grounded in the facts of mortality, inform Gail Mazur's recent poems, as if making them has served as both a bunker and a promontory, a way to survive, and to be exposed to, the profound underlying subject of this book: a husband's approaching death. The intimate particulars of a shared life are seen from a great height--and then there's the underlife of the bunker: endurance, holding on, life as uncompromising reality. This new work, possessed by the unique devil-may-care intensity of someone writing at the end of her nerves, makes Figures in a Landscape feel radiant, visionary, and exhilarating, rather than elegiac. Mazur's masterly fusion of abstraction with the facts of a life creates a coming to terms with what Yeats called "the aboriginal ice."

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