The Fire was Here

The Fire was Here

by Anna Enquist

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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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