To See The Queen: Poems

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A startling collection from the winner of the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.
In this ?hauntingly spectacular debut? (Claudia Emerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Allison Seay portrays a world fraught with the powers of its own harrowing imagination?an inner world of seemingly irreversible retreat and, almost impossibly, of spiritual resurgence. To See the Queen describes the terrain of one woman?s psychological wilderness, ...

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Overview

A startling collection from the winner of the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.
In this “hauntingly spectacular debut” (Claudia Emerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Allison Seay portrays a world fraught with the powers of its own harrowing imagination—an inner world of seemingly irreversible retreat and, almost impossibly, of spiritual resurgence. To See the Queen describes the terrain of one woman’s psychological wilderness, only to bless us with the story of its population, growth, and ultimate transcendence.

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Editorial Reviews

Poetry Society of America

Plath, Pessoa, Wolfe, Styron, Sexton, Anne Carson, Donald Justice, Jack Gilbert. To See The Queen joins the melancholy beauties of our time, nestles among them, fights to dig out of it all.

Library Journal
Seay's queen is the powerful, illusive Liliana, "an animal calmed" who presides over the narrator's sorrowful interior world. Writing with an almost mythic feel, Seay portrays a soul aching to "keep the darkness/ in the near-distance." Yet the poems are less gloomy than shiningly brave, and when the queen comes "my life for a while was forgotten/ and so repaired." A Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize winner.—BH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892554232
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 4/17/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,464,818
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Seay’s poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Poetry, and many other publications. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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