The Willow Grove

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Laurie Sheck interweaves the contemporary with the mythic, creating a realm in which such things as radios, skyscrapers, expressways, and mannequins are at once familiar and strange; immediate, yet tinged with the light of distance and myth. It is a realm where faces on a television newscast disappear "into the undertow / of hunger for the next thing and the next," and mannequins "stand in their angelic armor."

Placed at intervals throughout these pages is a series of poems ...

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Overview

Laurie Sheck interweaves the contemporary with the mythic, creating a realm in which such things as radios, skyscrapers, expressways, and mannequins are at once familiar and strange; immediate, yet tinged with the light of distance and myth. It is a realm where faces on a television newscast disappear "into the undertow / of hunger for the next thing and the next," and mannequins "stand in their angelic armor."

Placed at intervals throughout these pages is a series of poems entitled "From The Book of Persephone," poems that explore the underworld through a fractured contemporary lens, depicting it as a psychological landscape of isolation and desire.

As Mona Van Duyn said of Laurie Sheck's previous book, Io at Night, "When her sensibility and the reverberating myth are in perfect conjunction, the extraordinary happens: the mythical figure enters the poet's imagination so consumingly that it is impossible to tell whose life, whose feelings fill the form on the page."

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Editorial Reviews

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"It's daring of Laurie Sheck to have made the myths surrounding Io so crucial to the central tenor of her poems, but the themes of exile, distance, and freedom from the falsehoods of secular appearance weave the title into her images, along with her own dedicated attention and moral passion." — W. S. Merwin

"Io at Night is a rare achievement: A delicate, truly poetic sensibility has internalized and transmuted powerful myth, making memorable verse. Central to the collection is the classical myth of Io, with its resonant themes of exile, loss, and the longing for return, that provides explicit text for five poems and subtext for the rest of the collection. Io herself becomes both a living presence and metaphor for a fullness, whether of knowledge or being, only rarely achieved."

— Robert E. Hosmer Jr., America

"Sheck's subjects are unabashedly big and not the least bit quaint. In her best poems the personal and mythic conspire to create an altogether memorable human story." — Henri Cole, Poetry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679766032
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/12/1998
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Sheck was born in The Bronx, New York, and now lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and daughter. She has received many awards for her poetry, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council for the Arts. She has published her poems widely in such magazines as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, and has had work included in The Pushcart Prize anthology and Best American Poetry 1991. She has taught at several colleges anti universities.

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Table of Contents

White Noise 3
The Return 4
The Stockroom 5
From The Book of Persephone (I) 7
From The Book of Persephone (II) 8
Living Color 10
Poppies 12
Evening Walk 13
From The Book of Persephone (III) 14
Mannequins 15
Voltage 16
The Unfinished 17
The Inn 18
From The Book of Persephone (IV) 20
From The Book of Persephone (V) 22
The Wood Lily, Etc. 24
Marionettes 25
In Spring 26
The Visit 28
Childhood 29
Learning to Read 31
From The Book of Persephone (VI) 32
Mummy 33
Although It Is Daylight 35
Morning Walk 36
Sycamore 37
From The Book of Persephone (VII) 39
From The Book of Persephone (VIII) 41
The Leper Colony 43
White Light 45
Airwaves 46
Filming Jocasta 47
From The Book of Persephone (IX) 49
In the City of Gold Domes 50
Walking 51
View of the Asylum Garden 52
Rain 54
Thinking of the White Lamb at San Apollinare en Classe 55
From The Book of Persephone (X) 56
Headlights 57
Stairways 59
Streets 60
Cypresses 61
The Harbor Boats 62
From The Book of Persephone (XI) 63
Sea 64
From The Book of Persephone (XII) 65
Maeterlinck's Bees 66
Black Night 67
February Morning 68
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2015

    Kestrelpaw

    Looks at his mother's grave sadly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2015

    Summerheart

    She pads in her head down, she pads up to the grave, a tear rolls down her cheek she takes one of her biggest feathers and ties it up next to the grave, she stays for a bit then pads back

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    Nightpaw

    If your listening to this twilightsun or star um i know your mother adopted you and i just want you to wacth over devil and spring because devil isnt there father and i want his new family to have the most brightest future because even though your mom wasnt your mom you were so cool and nice i want devils kits too be the same in a way so they can have a bright happy and joyful future, by the sounds of it ur mom really loved you even though you wernt hers by birth her rper was heart broken by your death because she couldnt meet you at the crossing brige to starclan.i have done research on her relatives sadly she has none but she dose have a wing donor who has a large family, but you where the one family member that she considered family. Im happy i meet her rper because she was so happy when you adopted your own kits and how you fell in love and how she prayed that you were safe everynight. No mater what form you take your mom will always love you.- some qoutes i took from nightwings rper

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    Devil

    Walks by loststar curls by loststar and turns around and takes a sshhiitt on her back the runs away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Mousefur

    Padded in, sadness in her eyes. "I'll miss you, old friend." She puts a flower on the grave. She padded away sadly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Ashfeather

    She sighs and pads up to the grave. "Rest in peace, Twilightstar. You were a great leader and friend. You will be remembered by all forever." She places a stone with the words RIP carvee into it and pads away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Cometstar

    You want to kill me?!)) Cometstar heard Loststar and Willow through from the outside. He stared at his paws. "She tes me that much?" He whispered to no one in particular. He sighed and padded forward to Twilightstar's grave. "We will hunt down Polar and remind him of his actions, just like Willow said. He killed a great leader. A mother. A friend. A loy warrior." He meowed. "Rest peacefully, Tlighttar. Hopefully someday you will return." He finished, padding back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Ebonyflame

    She got a piece of Ebony bark and placed it where her body was buried. <p>

    (To Firelily: She's christian, not a StarClan beilever.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    &star Firelilly &star

    She stands next to the grave and lifts the soul of twighlightstar by the scruf. She pads into the sky to starclan, the stars upon her paelt fading slowly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Kasuto

    He softly sang 'Hymn for the Missing' by Red. (Tried to walk together, but the night was growing dark. Thought you were beside me, but I reached and you were gone.. Sometimes I hear you calling from some, lost and distant shore. I hear you crying softly for the way it was before.. Were are you now? Are you lost? Are you searching for me? Are you alone? Are you afraid? are you reaching for me? Were did you go, I had to stay, now I'm reaching for you! Will you wait, will you wait, will I see you again..)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Willow

    [No, I don't want to kill you. Thats what I interpreted from Loststar's first post. Yeah, I agree with you. Its kinda scary...]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Midnightpaw

    She sang, '57,821' by Janelle Monae.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    Loststar

    She curls around the grave tightly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    ~Twilightstar's Grave~

    Here lies Twilightstar. <p> Mother to Summerheart, Lostmoon(star), Ravenpaw, Kestrelkit(paw), Swallowkit(paw), Midnightkit(paw), and Stormcloud, Mate to Kasuto. <p> Friend to Ebonyflame, mousefur, cometstar, silverdawn, and everyone of celestialclan. <p> Daughter to Nightwing. <p> Reincarnation to Twilightstar the first. <p> Died in a fight against Polar, ending tragically in drowning. <p> She was christian. <p> Now Im Free <p> "dont grive for me, for now im free <br> im following the path God layed for me. <br> I took his hand when i heard Him call <br> I turned my back and left it all. <br> i could not stay another day <br> to laugh, to love, to work or play <br> tasks left undone must stay that way <br> i found peace at the close of the day <br> if my parting has left a void <br> then fill it with remembered joy <br> a friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss <br> Ah, yes these things i too will miss <br> be not burdened with times of sorrow <br> i wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow <br> my life has been full, i savored much <br> good friends, good times <br> a loved ones touch. <br> perhaps my time seemed all too brief <br> dont lengthen it now with undue grief <br> lift up your heart and share with me <br> God wanted me now, He set me free!"

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