By Marilyn Hacker
A variety of poems that addresses the quotidian and the worldwide, from one among our such a lot crucial poets.
Drawing on 20 years worthy of award-winning poetry, Marilyn Hacker's beneficiant decisions in A Stranger's replicate comprise paintings from 4 past volumes besides twenty-five new poems, ranging in locale from a solitary bed room to a refugee camp.
In a multiplicity of voices, Hacker engages with translations of French and Francophone poets. Her poems belong to an city global of cafés, bookshops, bridges, site visitors, demonstrations, conversations, and solitudes. From there, Hacker reaches out to different websites and personas: a refugee camp at the Turkish/Syrian border; contrapuntal monologues of a Palestinian and an Israeli poet; intimate and foreign exchanges abbreviated on Skype—perhaps with gunfire within the background.
These poems path via sonnets and ghazals, via sapphics and syllabics, via each historic-organic development, from renga to rubaiyat to Hayden Carruth's "paragraph." each one can also be an implicit dialog with the poets who got here earlier than, or who're writing as we read.
A Stranger's reflect isn't really intended just for poets. those poems belong to an individual who has sought in language an expression and extension of his or her engagement with the world—far off or up shut because the morning's first cup of tea.
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Even from where I stood in the hall outside her door the skin was wrong. Someone said something about the body. Then someone said something about changing the sheets. I stared I could not believe that she could be that dead I could not put that person with the person I knew. Vulnerable, with no vanity, no Shirley left in her, utterly other, utterly not here anymore & so she is invulnerable. passed away Strangeness arranges itself around her. A pair of glasses on the bedside table. At night you visit, slack-jawed gaunt impaled on my imagination.
Today it snowed so I read about the bower bird though cause and effect is mostly tenuous like today and yesterday but get this, the bower bird picks blue to make its nest. Blue this, blue that. The object attends but, really, weather’s what’s interesting. Every time it just sits down to what it is. When the call came to come in, talk in person it must have added up. That mock-bronchial cough. The day’s terminal appointment shit I almost envy you almost knowing where you locate the infinite. Sick!
I am afraid to sleep with you. For the last years of my marriage my breathing disturbed my wife’s sleep. Here is the bird. As apart as I can make it. Valediction for Claudia And if she can not turn back without turning To stone, to silence, to say Dearly Departed, I am leaving, turn of the mind, the heart’s Rearrangement With the past, still it must be hard To feel that it is not wrong to turn. Love sipped through the bent straw. Love set on a shelf where the light Hits it, unfaltering Sense that the little things Don’t just add up.