The Willow Grove

The Willow Grove

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by Laurie Sheck
     
 

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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,"

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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 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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307561183
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/27/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
2 MB

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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The Willow Grove 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She curls around the grave tightly