Granted

Granted

by Mary Szybist
ISBN-10:
1882295374
ISBN-13:
9781882295371
Pub. Date:
04/01/2003
Publisher:
Alice James Books

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Granted

Using natural, biblical, and classical imagery, these poems explore the difficulties of faith and love—particularly the difficulties of their expression, their performance. Moving between dramatic and interior monologue, and moving through intersecting histories, the ambiguities of inwardness and the eros of wakeful existence, these poems search for relationships with self, others, the world and God that are authentic—however quirky or strange.

"This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition—to overcome by the quietest of means."—Donald Justice

In Tennessee I Found a Firefly
Flashing in the grass; the mouth of a spider clung
to the dark of it: the legs of the spider
held the tucked wings close,
held the abdomen still in the midst of calling
with thrusts of phosphorescent light—

When I am tired of being human, I try to remember
the two stuck together like burrs. I try to place them
central in my mind where everything else must
surround them, must see the burr and the barb of them.
There is courtship, and there is hunger. I suppose
there are grips from which even angels cannot fly.
Even imagined ones. Luciferin, luciferase.
When I am tired of only touching,
I have my mouth to try to tell you
what, in your arms, is not erased

"This is poetry of a rare fine delicacy. Its very modesty testifies to a great ambition—to overcome by the quietest of means."—Donald Justice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781882295371
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents


Mutatis Mutandis.......................................................1
What If I Could Look at You............................................2
Naked and Unashamed Are Two Different Moments..........................4
Swamp..................................................................5
What the World Is For..................................................6
Raiment................................................................8
Idealized Head.........................................................9
Twelfth Night from the Willow Cabin....................................10
First Confession.......................................................12
His Animals............................................................13
Long After the Donkey and Desert.......................................14
When I Was a Spoon in My Mother's Kitchen..............................16
Crylight...............................................................18
Via Negativa...........................................................19
Monologue to be Spoken by an Archangel.................................20
Again, the Body as Temple..............................................21
Script Says Cry........................................................23
Against Bitterness.....................................................24
In the Glare of the Garden.............................................26
Response to Sunlight...................................................27
First Mardi Gras.......................................................28
The Way One Picks Up a Shell on the Beach..............................30
The Mouths of Carp.....................................................31
Approaching Elegy......................................................32
Heaven in Miniature....................................................34
Withdrawal.............................................................36
Apology................................................................38
On Gravity.............................................................39
Train Station, Reno: Early December....................................40
"... What a Lovely Way You Have of Putting Things".....................42
Our Lady of the Milk...................................................43
The Technique of the Lifelike..........................................44
The Waiting............................................................45
Wafian as in Waven as in Wif...........................................47
Self-Portrait with a Bee in My Mouth...................................49
Two Figures Lying on a Bed with Attendants.............................51
In Tennessee I Found a Firefly.........................................54
NOTES..................................................................57

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ShawnSorensen43 More than 1 year ago
It is rare to have a poet so vividly, so unmistakeably, so symbolically go after some hard truths. Namely, what we long for in love, and how our lives of passion actually play out and what patterns we get trapped in. If one doesn't make early, naive mistakes - and we all do - then we are still left with relationships that don't always make us whole nor strong, independent people. Yet, there is longing, there are ideals...there are wonderings about the machinations of heaven. Here is "Monologue to Be Spoken by an Archangel": Snow! & snow of Our Lady! Know the lamb has dropped into sleep, numb, stiff as a courtier, the lamb (Hands indicating the motions of waves) is not with you. (A long time passes) ...and Our Lady grows distressingly simple, caught beneath stones, her white bruises... Who has (Indicating the eyes) not been God's thief? (disappears) Our Lady! is dizzy, ill, among sparrows-She is stripped and salts herself. When she cries, she cries out to... (Indicating absence) ...Who has not been God's wife? I found Szybist's style to be daringly abstract/symbolic, making the language lush and colorful and the messages behind the words emotionally powerful. Her commentary is more about the world than her own efforts and responsibilities, but in her stories we find a call for higher existences here on earth, for expectations that love can mean more than it ever has. A creative, revealing voice.