Leaving Eden: Poems


Nadya Aisenberg is a well-known U.S. writer and critic whose new volume of poetry is acclaimed as her finest.
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Nadya Aisenberg is a well-known U.S. writer and critic whose new volume of poetry is acclaimed as her finest.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her fourth collection, coming after Before We Were Strangers (1989), Aisenberg faces with resilient fortitude an apparently discouraging world. It is dark in many spheres: global-``And in the Plaza Mayor children without surnames/ rove like packrats searching for a granary''; and, in ``Widow,'' personal-``The terror is One by one./ As in You go and I stay.'' Under her unflinching gaze, promise fades: ``...accomodations's/ cracks appear. I would scour our very lives from here,/ move to a place I haven't failed in yet.'' Yet, endurance and love provide comfort, as in pairs of matched poems, ``Middle-aged love song, I'' and ``II'' and ``More and more'' and ``Less and less.'' ``My love, I promise. It will take less and less to console us.'' Flashes of humor lighten her verse: ``All those years/ of me in my tutus,/ you on trapeze,/ hardly helped at all./ Here we are,/ still out of balance.'' Many poems manifest her interest in other arts and display a voice that is supple and multifarious-elegiac, nostalgic, defiant, pastoral. Yet her stance is consistent: ``We pass through the bazaar hearing/ the soft moan of the world mourning itself./ We are always and continually leaving Eden.'' (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856100397
  • Publisher: Forest Books
  • Publication date: 1/10/1996
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents

The idea of human 1
Conversation 2
More and more 3
Ashanti 4
Old world, new world 5
Middle-aged love song, I 6
Down the middle 7
Less and less 8
Under the dog-star 9
Farewells 10
Leaving Eden 11
These days 15
Ghosts 16
Justice in Mexico City 17
Godot's country 18
On balance 19
Widow 20
Totentanz 21
Still life 22
Act II 23
The stranger 24
Boxed 25
Dance 26
Hunger moon 29
Loss itself 30
In York Minster 31
Saving the poems 32
Middle-aged love song, II 33
The desire to desire 34
Art exhibit in New Hampshire 35
The shortest day 36
Painting war 37
Solstice 38
The dog as artist, the artist as hero 39
Beyond Cassiopeia 40
The spirit of ruin 43
The river 44
Reading science and thinking of the caves at Pech-Merle 45
Even in dreams 46
Lear 47
Old men 48
The house as metaphor 49
Pain 50
Assisi 51
Each day 52
Saints 53
Army of the ordinary 54
The promise of happiness 55
Out to tea 56
White rays 57
Easter Sunday, New Hampshire 58
Late April 59
We are many 60
Return 61
Tantra 62
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