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Overview

“This book is for those of us who want to read more poetry but are frequently stopped by its--what is it? Its chilly self-seriousness? Its unwillingness to hold our hand every so often, while cracking an easy joke? Either way, Sarah Manguso, like her spiritual siblings David Berman and Tony Hoagland, is a friendly kind of savior and guide. Her writing is gorgeous and cerebral (imagine Anne Carson) but she doesn't skimp on the wit (imagine Anne Carson's ne'er-do-well niece). Poetry-fearers, don't back away from this beautiful book; these might be the pages that bring you back into the form.” --Dave Eggers
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The title's Latin translates as "traveler, halt," a traditional opening for inscriptions on gravestones; Manguso's enticing sophomore effort has both the gravity of epitaphs and enough oddity to halt readers in their tracks. Clearer and grimmer than her debut, The Captain Lands in Paradise, this book often uses aphoristic sentences in place of lines: "A good horse runs even at the shadow of the whip"; "The second-hardest thing I have to do is not be longing's slave." Dating and flirtation, astronomical discoveries, the omnipresence of death, unanswerable queries ("Which stories of farms are the ones that can save me?")-all move within the speaker's mind in a manner that the poems are designed to arrest. "A coin you dropped when you took your pants off is still on the floor," she declares in "Address to an Absent Lover." "Please come back and pick it up." That lover might be the reader or simply a romantic partner, or God: the essence and power of Manguso's method lie in our not knowing which is which. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884800696
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH MANGUSO is the author of The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002). With Jordan Davis she coedited the anthology Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books (2004). She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at the Pratt Institute. Her poems and prose have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Believer, Boston Review, The London Review of Books, McSweeney's, the New Republic, The Paris Review, and three editions of The Best American Poetry series.
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Table of Contents

Everything
Asking for More
This Might Be Real
Civic Pride
Getting over the Twentieth Century
Jupiter Has Sixty-One Moons
Reverance
Justice for the Undelivered
Est, Est, Est
The Black Garden
Prayer
What Concerns Me Now
A Flag-Raising
Ice-Lyric
There Is Such Thing
The Ten Thousand
Address on the Tenth Day
The Dictionary
Will We?
Tired
Kitty in the Snow
Waking Up
Better to Shed No Light on the Mystery Than to Shed Bad Light
There Is No Such Thing as Skill
They Are Unlike Us in Almost Every Other Way
Wickedest Man
Nature
Ancient Gods Walk the Earth
Love Letter (Clouds)
Burning
Hand Model
An Idea with No Bodily Counterpart
Invocation to the Muse
Hell
Astonomical Projection
The Only Thing to Pray for Is Fire
Address to an Absent Lover
Address from One Place to Another
Things I Have Learned
A Final Love Poem
Tell Me, Tell Me Who...
Painting Dream
The Idea of Italy
Alas, They Sighed, You Were Not Like Us
I Don't Know to Call It Bitterness or Joy
The Movement of a Caravan over the Landscape
The Trick is Not Minding
Friend
The Haunted Igloo
Nepenthe
A Glittering
Oblivion Speaks
Notes
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