Waiting for the Paraclete

Waiting for the Paraclete

by Lise Goett
     
 

The people in Lise Goett's stunning collection are waiting-restlessly, blindly, hopefully-for the one who gives succor, the Paraclete of the title. With a vision both expansive and acute, Goett takes in everything from a fishing accident in Wisconsin to a butcher's stall in Paris and even the life and death of Gary Gilmore, to focus with a rare combination of…  See more details below

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The people in Lise Goett's stunning collection are waiting-restlessly, blindly, hopefully-for the one who gives succor, the Paraclete of the title. With a vision both expansive and acute, Goett takes in everything from a fishing accident in Wisconsin to a butcher's stall in Paris and even the life and death of Gary Gilmore, to focus with a rare combination of emotional exactitude and music on the forces that govern the world of the flesh as it transforms into the world of the spirit.

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This exemplary first collection is the lyric record of a contemplative spirit's going-forth, of her soul's discernment, the experience of personal and intimate communion, erotic passion and divine mystery, corporeal hunger and 'naught else but yearning' for the mysterium tremendum. There is a radiance about these poems, and a supplicant's willingness to lay bare the desire enshrined in her very selfhood. For this poet, music is the soul's correlative, the sheath that allows the journey to be borne. —Carolyn Forché

"This new poet relies on the telling of drastic things, even joy, even assent. She trusts to what the French call histoires, meaning trouble, meaning lies, meaning truth. For story organizes our mind and what faith we have: narrative is the final governance-as in these patient, swift poems—of the merest lyric cry. Just consider how Lise Goett begins a poem: 'Look up. Your life is suddenly ending-' and even more potently, how she ends one:’ . . . until something happens,/until a river runs through the house/and washes everything away:/then in the morning we'll rise, we'll begin,/to build our Babel again.’ Poetic authority (as juridical, psychiatric, dramatic) is in the tale-bearing. Lise Goett is speaking for her life, and we are compelled to listen-she is a Scheherazade of the spirit." —Richard Howard

Publishers Weekly
Not quite a UP title, this debut won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Goett writes an "Ode to a Pair of White Gloves ("The hands suspect espionage"), tracks "The White Tiger of Vladivostok" ("It knew no lent but hunger") and "take[s] solace" in Paris lingerie: "safe in your fortress, festooned in your elaborate armor, ...fastenings as complex as the French legal code." If a paraclete is an intercessor of any sort (and not necessarily the Holy Spirit), then for Goett's speaker, the "the lily of the angel insinuated itself into her darkness with what fate and force engenders there." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807068670
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Barnard New Women Poets Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.25(d)

What People are saying about this

Richard Howard
This new poet relies on the telling of drastic things, even joy, even assent. She trusts to what the French call histoires, meaning trouble, meaning lies, meaning truth. For story organizes our mind and what faith we have: narrative is the final governance-as in these patient, swift poems-of the merest lyric cry. Just consider how Lise Goett begins a poem: 'Look up. Your life is suddenly ending-' and even more potently, how she ends one: . . . until something happens, until a river runs through the house and washes everything away: then in the morning we'll rise, we'll begin, to build our Babel again. Poetic authority (as juridical, psychiatric, dramatic) is in the tale-bearing. Lise Goett is speaking for her life, and we are compelled to listen-she is a Sheherezade of the spirit.
Carolyn Forche
This exemplary first collection is the lyric record of a contemplative spirit's going-forth, of her soul's discernment, the experience of personal and intimate communion, erotic passion and divine mystery, corporeal hunger and 'naught else but yearning' for the mysterium tremendum. There is a radiance about these poems, and a supplicant's willingness to lay bare the desire enshrined in her very selfhood. For this poet, music is the soul's correlative, the sheath which allows the journey to be borne.
— Carolyn Forché, author of The Angel of History

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Meet the Author

Lise Goett has won a Paris Review Discovery Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize, among many other honors. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The Antioch Review.

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