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Ghost in a Red Hat
     

Ghost in a Red Hat

by Rosanna Warren
 

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"An important poet . . . beyond the achievement of all but a double handful of living American poets."—Harold Bloom
In her fifth book of poetry, Rosanna Warren explores the political and the personal through myth, history, elegy, and erotic lyric. Starting from a childhood memory of her mother, the poems contemplate wreckage and sorrow in family life, in

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"An important poet . . . beyond the achievement of all but a double handful of living American poets."—Harold Bloom
In her fifth book of poetry, Rosanna Warren explores the political and the personal through myth, history, elegy, and erotic lyric. Starting from a childhood memory of her mother, the poems contemplate wreckage and sorrow in family life, in Hurricane Katrina, and in the Trojan War, but also moments of eerie blessing.
from "Mediterranean"There was something I wanted to say, at the age of twelve,
some question she hadn't answered,
and yesterday, so clearly seeing her pace before me
it rose again to the tip of my tongue, and the mystery was
not that she walked there, ten years after her death,
but that she vanished, and let twilight take her place-

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Publishers Weekly
Warren's fifth book of poetry spans a wide range of topics, from classical mythology to personal traumas to both real and imagined histories. Warren approaches each subject with great directness. "I am willing to be rewritten," she says, and, "as long as the danger lived outside/ me I couldn't write it." These poems struggle to take others' pain in and then articulate it. One group of poems remembers her friend the poet and editor Deborah Tall: "We touched hands, touched cheeks, as much/ to ascertain we still had bodies as to show/ the courtesies of separation." Warren revives Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who famously designed Central Park, with the same intimacy she uses to recall memories of her loved ones in the extended meditation "Earthworks," which intertwines Olmsted's biography with quotes from Emerson's essays. And while the book is often elegiac, the poems are not without a kind of dark humor: "I still have one good eye, and when I squint,/ you wouldn't believe what I see." (Mar.)
Library Journal
As with her previous book (Departure), Warren uses writing to contemplate the past, whether her own lost childhood or deceased friends and family. Several poems here mourn the passing of her mother, as well as the carnage caused by the Trojan War, the Civil War, and Hurricane Katrina. With their long sentences and unrhymed stanzas, most of Warren's poems have an elegiac tone. Some at first seem nonchalant as Warren lists all the features of someone's funeral, for instance, then ends the poem with the one image that makes everything come together. VERDICT Lamont Poetry Prize winner Warren draws heavily on allusions to classical music, literature, and art, here making reference to Odysseus, Charon, Persephone, and Franz Liszt, as well as religious artifacts observed in the interior of a Catholic church. Using these references almost as a template to shape themes of loss, Warren creates works that are universal if sometimes difficult to understand. For sophisticated readers.—Diane Scharper, Towson Univ., MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393080063
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
107
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Rosanna Warren, the author of four collections of poetry, has received awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters and has won the Lamont Poetry Prize. She teaches at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago.

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