The Common

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At the heart of Gail Mazur's The Common is the refusal to simplify what is paradoxical in our world and a recognition of the tensions in our own divided nature. These unflinching poems create a place where wisdom and foolishness, fear and courage, rage and pity, love and diffidence, naturally co-exist.

Desire, ambition, devotion, and devastating loss are all subjects for Mazur's clear-eyed poems, which resonate with the contradictions between the body's yearning and the mind's ...

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Overview


At the heart of Gail Mazur's The Common is the refusal to simplify what is paradoxical in our world and a recognition of the tensions in our own divided nature. These unflinching poems create a place where wisdom and foolishness, fear and courage, rage and pity, love and diffidence, naturally co-exist.

Desire, ambition, devotion, and devastating loss are all subjects for Mazur's clear-eyed poems, which resonate with the contradictions between the body's yearning and the mind's acknowledgment of the consequences of our choices. In a poetry driven by unrelenting questioning, Mazur tries, in Rilke's worlds, "to love the questions themselves."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In ``Traces,'' Mazur The Pose of Happiness reminds herself how crazy she must have been ``when I built a home/ over my father's bulldozed house.'' These two lines sum up her ongoing preoccupations: a sense of place and heritage; death and martyrdom. We travel with her from Boston to Houston to France. Her willingness to voice her imaginings can lead to certain arbitrary considerations; for instance, she superimposes Chernobyl on a boy carrying lilacs or meditates on an organ donor's past life. Her more emotional journeys carry greater weight. Poems about her father are especially poignant. We see him, deceased, taking the lawn mower out at night and cutting the cemetery's grass, or hear him singing with his young child. Mazur's polished craft is frequently more memorable here than any poem's emotional impact. Apr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226514390
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Phoenix Poets Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 81
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Two Worlds: A Bridge
The Acorn
I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Mensch in the Morning
In Houston
Whatever They Want
Desire
Bedroom at Arles
Poem for Christian, My Student
May, Home after a Year Away
Bluebonnets
Fracture Santa Monica
The Idea of Florida During a Winter Thaw
Snake in the Grass
Blue
Why You Travel
After the Storm, August
A Green Watering Can
Maternal
Ware's Cove
Ice
Traces
Phonic
Pennies from Heaven
Another Tree
Revenant
Yahrzeit
Family Plot
Foliage
The Common
At Boston Garden, the First Night of War, 1991
Poem Ending with Three Lines of Wordsworth's
Lilacs on Brattle Street
A Small Plane from Boston to Montpelier
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