Blue Venus: Poems

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In Blue Venus, Lisa Russ Spaar explores the intimate relationship between the sensual and the sacred. Her nocturnal poems weave themselves into the very fabric of private fervor—lyric, sexual, spiritual—beginning with "Dusk" and continuing on until "Dawn."Fierce and giving, Spaar's exquisite verse isolates essential moments of vulnerability and wonder. A series on insomnia—in the voices of some notable insomniacs—is among the most moving extended sequences in recent memory. Elsewhere, she traces poetry back to ...
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Overview

In Blue Venus, Lisa Russ Spaar explores the intimate relationship between the sensual and the sacred. Her nocturnal poems weave themselves into the very fabric of private fervor—lyric, sexual, spiritual—beginning with "Dusk" and continuing on until "Dawn."Fierce and giving, Spaar's exquisite verse isolates essential moments of vulnerability and wonder. A series on insomnia—in the voices of some notable insomniacs—is among the most moving extended sequences in recent memory. Elsewhere, she traces poetry back to its primordial roots—prayer, lullabye, mourning, exaltation. Propelled throughout by a resolute belief in the relationship between the human and the cosmic Blue Venus is "a brilliant new star in poetry's firmament" (Carol Muske-Dukes).

Author Biography: Lisa Russ Spaar directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia. The recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers, she is the author of two poetry chapbooks and Glass Town, a full-length collection; and the editor of Acquainted with the Night, an anthology of poems about insomnia. Her poetry has appeared in many periodicals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892553068
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 10/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Feast of the veiled venus 3
Dusk 5
Sky 6
Lure blue 7
Wind 8
Psalm 9
Bayberry 10
Insomnia with William Blake 12
Mimosa 13
Wild cherry 14
Storm 15
The insomnia of Mesmer 16
August 17
Nocturne 21
Lament 22
Rain 23
Red maple 24
The insomnia of Murasaki Shikibu 25
Queen Anne's Lace 28
The insomnia of Thomas Merton 29
Lullabye 32
The insomnia of Thomas Edison 33
Hiatus 35
Apocrypha 36
The insomnia of Adam 37
Advent 38
New Year's Eve 39
The insomnia of Virginia Woolf 40
Valentine 42
The insomnia of Dorothy Wordsworth 43
Mourning 46
Self-portrait 49
Penance I 50
Penance II 51
Penance III 52
Penance IV 53
Penance V 55
The insomnia of Hildegard of Bingen 56
Holy Week : illuminations 58
Fairy tale 62
A late spring 63
Feast of the mockingbird 65
The way 66
Adagio 67
The lesson 68
Dawn 69
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