Silver Roses

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"Rachel Wetzsteon achieves maturity and mastery in this poignant collection."—Harold Bloom
This bittersweet posthumous collection solidifies Rachel Wetzsteon's place among the most talented poets of her generation. Written with her characteristic wit, incisiveness, and flair, it confirms her as a peerless flaneuse of New York City, a skeptical yet large-hearted bookworm with spot-on takes about culture, love, and loss.

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Overview

"Rachel Wetzsteon achieves maturity and mastery in this poignant collection."—Harold Bloom
This bittersweet posthumous collection solidifies Rachel Wetzsteon's place among the most talented poets of her generation. Written with her characteristic wit, incisiveness, and flair, it confirms her as a peerless flaneuse of New York City, a skeptical yet large-hearted bookworm with spot-on takes about culture, love, and loss.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gifts for wry humor, stanzaic and rhyming forms, and literary allusion animate the best parts of this sometimes sparkling fourth and final collection from Wetzsteon, who built up a serious reputation (in part for light verse) before she took her own life in December 2009. Delight in set forms, in wit and verbal games, and even inside jokes will stand out on first reading. "Pursuits of Happiness" retells the plots of Hollywood comedies in stanza forms from 17th-century metaphysical poems: "Go, and fetch the chilled champagne." The very next page addresses Ludwig Wittgenstein's famous philosophical illustration, the always-ambiguous head that could be either rabbit or duck, in stunt-worthy rhyme: "realists... shun the appeal its/ rare white fur holds, although they feel it's/ a rabbit full of pluck." But to read through the collection is to see, gradually, the screens of humor open on real fears: of existential dread and failed romantic love. The more clearly personal poems may not highlight her particular talents, but they stick in the mind. They are rueful, regretful, frustrated, if never quite desperate: Wetzsteon calls "misanthropy my default mode, my armor"; her poems about urban life, love life, family life do often seem to grin through tears. (Nov.)
David Orr
…its best work consolidates the gains Wetzsteon made in her signature book, Sakura Park. Wetzsteon is the kind of poet who invariably gets called a "flaneuse"—even by herself, in "Halt!"—probably because she writes about Manhattan in a Dorothy Parker sort of way, if Dorothy Parker had gone to Yale.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892553648
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (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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