A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014
a variety of poems that addresses the quotidian and the worldwide, from certainly one of our so much crucial poets.
Drawing on 20 years worthy of award-winning poetry, Marilyn Hacker's beneficiant decisions in A Stranger's reflect comprise paintings from 4 past volumes in addition to 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 international 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 trend, from renga to rubaiyat to Hayden Carruth's "paragraph." every one can 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 somebody 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.
local, dominical, decreased. younger homosexual males their elbows brushing, Sunday-stroll, in pairs headed for the weekend flea marketplace at the side road Richard-Lenoir at Oberkampf. I sit down in a café nursing a decaf. A small chinese language boy (or woman) in sweats stands on tiptoes to arrive the flippers of the “Space Pirates” laptop. i need to discover a few left develop into dream or tale, the subsequent bankruptcy, reminiscence. now not saturated with remorse, into a imaginative and prescient as not going because the mare with sweat-soaked roan.
Too lengthy, exhanged for the pull of that tune. yet peace calls for a couple of creature published from the behavior of yearning on a planet that’s mortgaged its destiny to the lot who're plotting and raving. There are rifts which no health care provider can suture overhead, on the street, undersea. the grim undeniable from that you are waving, mapped by way of no clever, benevolent instructor isn't really a pride to the attention: bone-colored street, bone-colored sky. you recognize that the elements has replaced, but have no idea what.
Held for post-prandial gossip-fests. This 12 months it’s solo, the 3e, and who’ll intercede for us itinerants whereas the area is going to hell in a handbasket (floats like a discarded dinner-dress right down to the aqueduct)? nonetheless, the square’s peaceful state of chinese language and African children, combined undefined, clochards with guitar making a song Dylan songs —slurring the lyrics a bottle of plonk is helping approximate— remains what it’s been, simply as friendship turns out sturdy. allow me at least on your birthday, simply.
All Mediterranean after all). Nobody’s J-1 visa can be revoked as a result convention she went to in Caracas, or, worse, Teheran. we've an almost-fiction with mnemonic cues, that could be right names, or dates. Sipping one other empire’s sour tonic an inadvertent exile contemplates Harvard Square’s night-lights on Ramadan. Ghazal: min al-hobbi ma qatal for Deema ok. Shehabi You, previous good friend, go away, yet who releases me from the affection that kills? are you able to inform the affection that units you.
Black and naked within the wind. the students and the travelers and the pilgrims Crowd previous the shrine, then step open air and stare within the wind. there has been no room at the back of the slats of the partition. She walked out to a box, knelt down and acknowledged her prayer within the wind. by myself, unwound her headband lower than a lime tree, ran down the goatpath together with her tangled hair within the wind. You understood there will be peace with justice? What voice trained you heritage used to be reasonable within the wind? A fox deleted from.