Off-Season at the Edge of the World: Poems

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greger ( The 1002nd Night ) opens her fourth collection with a playful, self-referential poem, ``Envoi,'' evoking her familiar metaphors of travel and navigation as she casts this bold ``little book'' into uncharted territory. The poems take the reader ``past the known world'' into a terra incognita where the boundaries of history, myth, geography and gender blur, transformed by Greger's distinctly modern American vision. And so we meet ``Persephone in the West,'' who has a ``flight to catch''; Ovid, a wigged transvestite at an off-season seaside convention; and movie icon Paul Newman. Even the natural world is displaced and let out of its element, as in ``Air-Conditioned Air,'' where ``Sea turtles lay their eggs / in the parking lots of hotels.'' Finally, Greger is concerned with the enduring rituals of love, death and desire and the necessary human effort of ``keeping the weedy world at bay.'' In fact, it is this ``weedy'' world and all its castaways that she celebrates with characteristic wit, irony and precision. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252063800
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Envoi 3
Blue Mirrors 5
Miranda's Drowned Book 9
Vermeer 12
Off-Season at the Edge of the World 14
Three Graces 16
The Right Whale in Iowa 17
Long Island Night 19
The Interpretation of Dream 21
Lives of the Saints 26
The Later Archaic Wing 30
Cleopatra in the Afterworld 32
A Woman on the Dump 34
Keats in Hampstead 39
Wind Wrapped in Snow 41
Tapestry 43
Rilke in the Middle Ages 45
Les Tres Riches Heures de Florida 47
The Flowering Crab 51
The Frog in the Swimming Pool 53
A Field of Rape 55
Like a Woman 57
The Boy Juliet 59
Ovid on the Outer Cape 61
La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans 67
The Eternal City 69
In the City of the Dead 73
The Dictionary of Silence 75
Persephone in the West 78
The Sadness of the Subtropics 80
Air-Conditioned Air 82
Briar Rose 84
Under Cancer 86
The Garden 88
Invitation to the Past 89
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