The Fire was Here

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The poems in The Fire Was Here bring together the three themes of Anna Enquist's adult life - music, psychology and motherhood - in an autobiographical harvest. These are poems about ordinary life written with extraordinary sensitivity and insight. A courageous and insightful collection, it stirs us with powerful and emotional moments we all recognize - the touch of renderness, the ache of longing, and the sweep of passion. Enquist's uniquely intimate and passionate poetic world is opened to the English reader ...
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Overview

The poems in The Fire Was Here bring together the three themes of Anna Enquist's adult life - music, psychology and motherhood - in an autobiographical harvest. These are poems about ordinary life written with extraordinary sensitivity and insight. A courageous and insightful collection, it stirs us with powerful and emotional moments we all recognize - the touch of renderness, the ache of longing, and the sweep of passion. Enquist's uniquely intimate and passionate poetic world is opened to the English reader for the first time. She has selected thematically from her previous five best-selling volumes for this significant collection, to focus on mothers and children - poems inspired by her experiences raising her own daughter and son.
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A psychoanalyst, classically trained musician, and acclaimed novelist as well as Holland's best-selling poet, Enquist has selected thematically from five previous volumes to create this strong collection of family poems. When the calling of family and child-rearing dashed any hopes she might have had for a career as a professional pianist, Enquist turned to the music of the written word, which she has celebrated ever since. The three great themes of her work-music, psychology, and motherhood-are at the heart of these unabashedly autobiographical poems. The journey is full of joy and sadness, as you might expect, but her passion is enthralling and even contagious. Personal details underscore the universal common ground of her work. With a subtle ear and sensitive touch, Enquist reveals extraordinary insight into the symbiotic connection between mother and child. This is the first opportunity for readers of English to meet Enquist and her unique poetry, here given translations that are precise, powerful, and rhythmically sure. The original Dutch versions are given on facing pages, and Colmer has penned an informative introduction addressing both Enquist's poetry and his process of translation. A good addition to any world literature collection.-Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781902881812
  • Publisher: Toby Press LLC, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 120

Table of Contents

Scenes of Childhood 3
[I] My Son 3
[II] Botanical Gardens by Night 5
[III] Conversation with the Children 7
Submerged 9
Drei Abhandlungen 13
Girl's Room 15
Against Growth 17
Woman 19
Manmade Lake 21
Outpatients 23
Zeigarnik Effect 25
Nunc Dimittis 27
Birthday 29
Shepherd 31
Back Home 33
Botshol: A Peaceful Descent into Hell 35
Strong Stone 37
For Oboe and Piano 39
Where the Train Will Take Us 41
Parental Care 43
Airport 45
Finals 47
Chanterelles 49
Invocation 51
Last Summer with the Children 53
The Zoo 55
Winter's Day 57
Security 59
Short of Breath 61
Spring 63
Habanera 65
The Riddle 67
Cote d'Azur 69
Daughter, Daughter [I] 71
Daughter, Daughter [II] 73
Daughter, Daughter [III] 75
Daughter, Daughter [IV] 77
Sports Park 79
Shrinkage 81
Mother and Daughter 83
Guided Tour 85
Courage 87
North 89
[I] Visiting my Son 89
[II] The Scream 91
[III] The Silence 93
Birdsong Revisited 95
The Red Coat 97
Give It Back! 99
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