Satin Cash

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"[Her poetry] is the perfect marriage of the realism of William Carlos Williams and the sleepless heaven-seeking... of Dickinson and Hopkins."—Virginia Quarterly Review

In the wake of Blue Venus, called "a virtuoso book" by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, comes this ravishing volume of bodily, even carnal prayers, that quiver with the ecstasy and anguish of longing. Lisa Russ Spaar has long produced poems that emit a palpable, devotional ...
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Overview

"[Her poetry] is the perfect marriage of the realism of William Carlos Williams and the sleepless heaven-seeking... of Dickinson and Hopkins."—Virginia Quarterly Review

In the wake of Blue Venus, called "a virtuoso book" by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, comes this ravishing volume of bodily, even carnal prayers, that quiver with the ecstasy and anguish of longing. Lisa Russ Spaar has long produced poems that emit a palpable, devotional Eros, but Satin Cash is a raw, more elemental invocation of human yearning—a startling song of worship and fetish.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Emily Dickinson's phrase "I pay-in Satin Cash/ You did not state-your price-" serves as both epigraph and title source for Spaar's third book, though Spaar also includes poems inspired by Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Donne, Hart Crane and Robert Frost, a combination that captures the collection's fervent compressions, devotions and raptures. The natural world in these poems is sensual and seductive, as in "Vineyard in Spring," in which she writes: "The world is prevalent, strained/ with the old work of beginning again,// smalt, sexual, congested with blossom." Birds flock throughout as apparitions and manifestations, paramours and confessors-mourning doves moan, a trapped wren chirs, cardinals shuttle in the hedge. In an address to the wood thrush, Spaar writes: "Blackamoor of hedges, achromatic:/ teach me your harmonics,// daedal, damson: ghosts/ of two notes, one throat." Spaar (Blue Venus) has created an entrancing world of lush language and passionate imaginings, where a womb is a "chivalric piñata,/ quixotic hourglass," and a turtle appears "emerging from its stone/ velvet, vulnerable," poems as beautiful and fragile as the creatures and gardens they contain. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892553433
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 6/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Russ Spaar is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She lives in Charlottesville.
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Table of Contents

How Was Your Day 1

"To do that to birds" 5

Womb 6

"Herself to her a Music" 7

Stairwell, Rio Road 8

Matter of Time 9

Cricket 10

Lunar Tantra 11

The Anxiety Offices 12

Cinema Verite: September 15

"Permit me voyage, love, into your hands" 16

Chimney Swifts 17

I Consider My Mother's Mind 18

The Ice House 19

Nostalgia 20

Weird Sister 21

Rendezvous 25

After John Donne's "To His Mistress Going to Bed" 26

Chemistry Stall 27

Civilization 28

Refrain 29

So 30

Pond 31

Baptismal 32

Natural Bridge 33

Wood Thrush 34

Turtle 35

Hammock 36

Collect for a Separation 39

Hermit Thrush 40

Magnolia 41

Prior 42

Sycamore Tantra 43

You, With Gold Leaf 44

Executrix 45

Ablution 46

"Cold. Resolved to be a religious." 47

Yule 48

Ouija 49

Three Mortifications 50

Fawn 52

Empty Nest 53

Fast 56

Souvenir 59

Vineyard in Spring 60

Silva Rerum 61

Lenten Etudes 62

Keats House 64

Clock Tower 65

Camera Obscura 66

Sabbatical 67

Adult 68

Horizon 69

No Picnic 70

Home 71

The Geese 72

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