Sakura Park

Sakura Park

by Rachel Wetzsteon
     
 

A spirited new book from "the most variously gifted of our new poets" (Richard Howard).
With this third collection, Rachel Wetzsteon continues to imprint American verse with her particular brand of smart, tart poems. These new pieces employ her remarkable formal agility in order to showcase an assortment of quarreling themes: learning and loss, autonomy and

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A spirited new book from "the most variously gifted of our new poets" (Richard Howard).
With this third collection, Rachel Wetzsteon continues to imprint American verse with her particular brand of smart, tart poems. These new pieces employ her remarkable formal agility in order to showcase an assortment of quarreling themes: learning and loss, autonomy and loneliness, love and work. The result is the rare book that is equal parts sass and sorrow.

Editorial Reviews

Poetry Foundation

...perhaps the best, purest love poet of her generation.

Publishers Weekly
In this accessible yet sinuous third collection, New York City's landscape becomes a subtle metaphor for a complex inner life in which hope makes room for despair and joyful recklessness attempts to coexist with sober wisdom. Using a variety of forms-from sonnets, haikus and ghazals to extended free verse and prose poems-Wetzsteon probes disturbing contradictions: "the heart's response is a matter of / degree, not kind-whether the ax is lifted / in ardor or in fury, the frozen sea still melts." She revels in melancholy, imploring, "[t]ake me back / to where thunder claps in minds and skies / and hearts are glad to be unhappy," and admits that there is safety in identifying with one's own pain: "I'm lost without my precious wounds; scrape the welts away and there's no one left to be kind to." Finally, in the title poem, set in a park near the poet's New York home, where "petals lift and scatter / like versions of myself I was on the verge / of becoming," Wetzsteon (Home and Away, 1998) acknowledges the futility, and also the necessity, of her struggle: while awaiting "sweet reprieve /... / meanwhile's far from nothing:/ the humming moment, the rustle of cherry trees." These poems are deep and artfully crafted. (July 7) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892553242
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
07/07/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
448,132
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Wetzsteon's collections include Sakura Park and Silver Roses. At the time of her death, she was the poetry editor of The New Republic and lived in New York City.

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