A Sunday in God-Years: Poems

A Sunday in God-Years: Poems

by Michelle Boisseau
     
 

In her fourth book of poetry, Michelle Boisseau grapples with a legacy of misery and longing that is both personal and collective, circling first around a reckoning of her ancestors' history' of slave-holding in Virginia for as many as two hundred years. Then under her unflinching gaze, borders between the personal and universal bleed together. See more details below

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In her fourth book of poetry, Michelle Boisseau grapples with a legacy of misery and longing that is both personal and collective, circling first around a reckoning of her ancestors' history' of slave-holding in Virginia for as many as two hundred years. Then under her unflinching gaze, borders between the personal and universal bleed together.

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“A Sunday in God-Years is a fantastic book. Boisseau has composed a suite of historical poems set at the intersection of personal and collective life, a book in which private grief and public sorrow are different aspects of a single legacy, a legacy that’s both a privileged burden and a burdensome privilege, encompassing heart wrenching intimacy and cultural nightmare, the beauty of nature and the fragility of family bonds. In every line on every page of this beautiful and ambitious book, the present comprehends the past ‘the way the sidewalk burns hours after / the sun’s gone down.’ Unsentimental, stunningly alive in sound as well as sense, compassionate, unflinchingly honest, A Sunday in God-Years is a flat out wonderful book, one of the best I’ve read in years.” —Alan Shapiro, author of Old War: Poems “Even a ‘ragged chunk of limestone’ opens up expanses of geological, historical, and familial time in the artful hands of Michelle Boisseau, who revisits her slave-owning ancestry for a reckoning. . . . Her poems are a unique blend of sensuality, rue, fresh insight, engaging candor, anguish, wicked humor, taut lyricism and a pungent dash of caustic.” —Eleanor Wilner, author of The Girl with Bees in Her Hair “The title of this splendid book reflects the tonal complexity of these richly layered poems. . . . Boisseau sounds like nobody else and her vision demands our attention.” —Mark Jarman, author of Epistles: Poems

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557289018
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
1,170,480
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

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