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Forbidden City (Paperback) (Gail Mazur)

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from “Mount Fuji”A draughtsman’s draughtsman, Hokusai at 70thought he’d begun to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, of the wayplants grow, hoped that by 90 he’d havepenetrated to their essential nature. And more, by 100, I will have reached the stagewhere every dot, every mark I make will bealive. You always loved that resolve, you’d repeat joyfully—Hokusai’s utterance of faithin work’s possibilities, its reward, that,at 130, he’d perhaps have learned to draw. Gail Mazur’s poems in Forbidden City build an engaging meditative structure upon the elements of mortality and art, eloquently contemplating the relationship of art and life—and the dynamic possibilities of each in combination. At the collection’s heart is the poet’s long marriage to the artist Michael Mazur (1935–2009). A fascinating range of tone infuses the book—grieving, but clear-eyed rather than lugubrious, sometimes whimsical, even comical, and often exuberant. The note of pleasure, as in an old tradition enriched by transience, runs through the work, even in the final poem, “Grief,” where “our ravenous hold on the world” is a powerful central element.
Number of Pages: 71
Genre: Poetry
Sub-Genre: American / General
Series Title: Phoenix Poets
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Gail Mazur
Language: English
Street Date: March 31, 2016
TCIN: 50950510
UPC: 9780226349565
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-9139
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