Growing Back: Poems, 1972-1992

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Growing Back, the third collection of poetry by Rika Lesser, is a bridge that spans the poets and languages, family and friends she has made her life and its work. Written over two decades, many of the poems in this three-part collection predate those in her acclaimed Etruscan Things and All We Need of Hell. In this latest volume, the well-known translator of Swedish and German poetry offers readers a selection that locates, embodies, and anchors her continuing achievements. ...
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Growing Back, the third collection of poetry by Rika Lesser, is a bridge that spans the poets and languages, family and friends she has made her life and its work. Written over two decades, many of the poems in this three-part collection predate those in her acclaimed Etruscan Things and All We Need of Hell. In this latest volume, the well-known translator of Swedish and German poetry offers readers a selection that locates, embodies, and anchors her continuing achievements.
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Most of the poems in this volume were written in the early 1970sas the poet says, "close to half my life ago." In the intervening years, she has largely worked on translations (Rilke, Hesse, Swedish poets Gunnar Ekelof and Goran Sonnevi, and Claes Andersson, Finland's minister of culture); this is the third book of her own poetry (following All We Need of Hell, Univ. of North Texas, 1995). For the reader, her new work begins with some difficulty. The early pages consist of long-lined poems with confusing allusions, sometimes in Swedish (the endnotes help). Yet a wonderfully wild and reckless flow pours through the obscurities, and the power of the poet's experience and emotion is breathtaking. By the middle section of this three-part book, the poems become more consistently accessible. A graceful long poem, "Ein Geliebtes: The Body of the Work," fleshes out Lesser's experiences while translating Rilke, while "Can Zone," ostensibly about food, begins provocatively "What do you mean, you `don't like poetry'?" Ultimately, there are some terrific poems here; recommended accordingly.Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032325
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Rika Lesser
Acknowledgments
Translation 3
The Amy Lowell Voluntary Exile 4
Prescriptions from Sleeplessness 7
Losses 11
Vaeroy 14
Growing Back 16
Away 19
Lyric 23
Departures 24
536 Saratoga Avenue 28
The Gifts 30
Under the Roof 32
527 Cathedral Parkway 34
Heartsblood 36
Khalaf-al-Akhmar, the Truth-Liar 39
Ein Geliebtes: The Body of the Work 43
Joachim and Anna 46
Of Woman Born 52
The News & The Weather 54
Pages Toward the Turn of the Year 56
Subtexts 69
No History 74
Interviews 77
Can Zone or The Good Food Guide 80
Commentary and Notes 83
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