The Darkened Temple

The Darkened Temple

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by Mari L'Esperance
     
 

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“Longing itself is nothing but the heart’s open spaces,” writes Mari L’Esperance. And in the open spaces at the heart of these poems is a mother who has disappeared. In a world of war and displacement, illness of the mind and body, imprisonment and violence both historical and personal, the poet leads her readers through a landscape of loss… See more details below

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“Longing itself is nothing but the heart’s open spaces,” writes Mari L’Esperance. And in the open spaces at the heart of these poems is a mother who has disappeared. In a world of war and displacement, illness of the mind and body, imprisonment and violence both historical and personal, the poet leads her readers through a landscape of loss. In unadorned language, she draws readers into the interplay between articulation and silence—and finally offers a vision of redemption.

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Poetrykanto.livejournal.com

"In its conception, in its craftsmanship, in its moral bearings, in its production design, in its ambition, and, not least, in its humanity, it is a book that will resonate as only the authentic can."—Poetrykanto.livejournal.com
Edward Smallfield
"Mari L'Esperance accepts all of the responsibilities inherent in the use of language by a serious poet: these poems are faithful to history, to memory, and to conscience, acknowledging the pain implicit in any thoughtful life, even as they celebrate its joys and sensual beauties."

-Edward Smallfield, poet and coeditor of Apogee Press

Jane Mead
"In The Darkened Temple, Mari L'Esperance enacts the process of defining a self out of fragments of cultural and personal history, the traumatic disintegration of that self, and its subsequent painful rebuilding: by turns narrative, chantlike, fractured, and lyric, these tender, terrifying, and frank poems fight their way into song."

-Jane Mead, author of The Usable Field

Peggy Shumaker
"These stunning lyrics shine light on suffering. Across generations and across cultures, we follow intricate rituals of desire, of myth-making, of mourning. Via corrosive wondering about a disappeared mother, we arrive 'alone / at the gate of the unbearable.' And yet these poems, vibrant and necessary, return us to 'retrievable life,' to essential human mysteries."

-Peggy Shumaker, author of Just Breathe Normally

Carol Simmons Oles
"I'm deeply moved by these wrenching, exquisite poems. Like a relentless camera moving ever closer, The Darkened Temple surveys the speaker's 'crossing over / from innocence to knowing'-the disappearance of her mother and its consequences for her as she tries to continue. She endures through love, music, and dreams reuniting her with her mother. Their lasting confluence comes in these restorative poems."

-Carole Simmons Oles, author of Waking Stone: Inventions on the Life of Harriet Hosmer

Alchemist's Kitchen blog

"I urge anyone who cares about carefully constructed lyric poems to get herself a copy of this necessary book. I have read it three times and my inclination is to begin all over again."—Susan Rich, Alchemist's Kitchen blog

— Susan Rich

Women and Books blog

"Richly textured and admirably diverse in its structures, Mari L'Esperance's collection of poems, The Darkened Temple, stuns as it edifies a craving for depth in modern poetry."
— Glenda Bailey-Mershon

jmww.com

"L'Esperance's lyricism is stunning. Her sense of line and image, perfection. The lover of poetry and the poet alike will appreciate the skill and talent evident in The Darkened Temple."Christine Stewart, jmww.com

— Christine Stewart

Alchemist's Kitchen blog - Susan Rich

"I urge anyone who cares about carefully constructed lyric poems to get herself a copy of this necessary book. I have read it three times and my inclination is to begin all over again."—Susan Rich, Alchemist's Kitchen blog
Women and Books blog - Glenda Bailey-Mershon

"Richly textured and admirably diverse in its structures, Mari L'Esperance's collection of poems, The Darkened Temple, stuns as it edifies a craving for depth in modern poetry."—Glenda Bailey-Mershon, Women and Books blog
jmww.com - Christine Stewart

"L'Esperance's lyricism is stunning. Her sense of line and image, perfection. The lover of poetry and the poet alike will appreciate the skill and talent evident in The Darkened Temple."Christine Stewart, jmww.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803218475
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

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