The Other Stars

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The Other Stars is Rachel Wetzsteon's first book of poems. The winner of the 1993 National Poetry Series competition, this collection of lovely, tough-minded, lyrical poems is sure to establish her among the front ranks of contemporary poets.
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Overview

The Other Stars is Rachel Wetzsteon's first book of poems. The winner of the 1993 National Poetry Series competition, this collection of lovely, tough-minded, lyrical poems is sure to establish her among the front ranks of contemporary poets.
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Chosen for inclusion in the 1993 National Poetry Series by formalist John Hollander, Wetzsteon's loquacious debut revels in rhyme and exhibits facility with sonnets, sestinas, and ballad meters. She tempers a potentially mawkish obsession with betrayal and abandonment through a world-weary sense of irony both Auden and Hardy would applaud, realizing that even ``fantasies need hard facts to get them started,/vibrant dyes a firmly fixed, local color.'' Love's contradictions (``Why, when every third thought concerns you, would I/ want to destroy you?''), as revealed in dreams and in the liberal application of Ruskin's pathetic fallacy, are mapped and detailed with relish. But the veneer of technique can force a journalistic blandness (``Apparently unwilling to accept/the carnage of the outing as sacrifice/the phantom headed homeward for the hill'') or a thick, chalky diction (``I keep seeking this pleasure-giving eye mote'') that risks obfuscating the poem's trajectory. The forms seem filled in rather than fleshed out. Such missteps aside, this poet could be one to watch in the years to come.-Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140587289
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: National Poetry Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Urban Gallery 3
Terra Nova 4
Faraway Places 8
The Case of the Corpse 9
Falling in Love in Winter 11
When Love Takes Place 12
Blind Date 13
Flames and High Rains 14
Three Songs 16
From a Lecture on Loss 21
The Hunted 22
Garden Plots 24
Sestina for a Departure 26
Making Scenes 28
A Prayer to Hermes 33
A Prayer to St. Anthony 34
Bottom's Dream 39
Homecoming 41
The Other Stars 45
Question and Answer 67
Three Songs 69
Parables of Flight 71
Mirror Effects 73
Looking at Clouds 75
To a Passerby 76
Monologue for a Matron 77
Stage Directions for a Short Play 79
Venus Observed 80
Young Love 81
Drinks in the Town Square 83
Dinner at Le Caprice 84
Worms and Us 86
Dissolving Views 88
An Ode to Freedom 90
Speech After a Spectacle 91
Sea Change 92
Autumn Polemic 94
Taking to the Hills 95
Love's Passing 96
Coming Back to the Cave 101
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