Orexia: Poems

Orexia: Poems

by Lisa Russ Spaar


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In sensual new poems, Lisa Russ Spaar explores the physical and spiritual desires of late-middle age, showcasing as she does so her magical capacity to entwine the colloquial and baroque, the explicit and the ethereal.

Thrumming with the triune hungers of mind, mouth, and spirit, Lisa Russ Spaar’s fifth book plumbs daily life in order to transcend it, discovering and embodying the sacred and erogenous as it does so. Seductive and symphonic, Orexia is the latest glory by the “ringleader of a stunning lexicon” (Shenandoah).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554904
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,281,881
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of four previous poetry collections and the editor of three poetry anthologies, most recently Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the
University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

The Wishbone: A Romance 3

Temple Gaudete 4

Owl Hour 5

Baroque Hour 6

Crooked Light 7

Worry Yoga 8

Remorse 10

Celibacy 1 12

Friday Night Hour 13

Temple Solstice 14

Ice Idyll 15

Temple Moon 17

Abridged Hour 18

The Saintly Vita 19

Temple Dictionary 20

Furta Sacra 21

Mynddaeg Hour 22

Temple You 24

Celibacy 2 25

Venus Hour 26

Temple Age 27

Snowdrops 28

Hare 29

Plum Hour 31

"A Labour of" 32

Scarlet Tanager 33

Temple Surrender 34

Wandering Womb 35

Hour Bleu-aille 36

Orexic Hour 37

Mystic Toys 38

Trust Hour 40

Temple Serein 41

From the Orison, River Stones 42

Reading John Clare, Heading North 44

The Wordsworths' Cuckoo Clock 46

Dorothy Wordsworth's Doves 48

Temple Sillage 49

To Time 50

Weeping Cherry in Storm 52

Exit Wounds 53

Finis Hour 55

The Whales 56

From Agitation 58

Celibacy 3 59

City Lust 60

Barn Owl 61

Accidental 62

The Wind Wears a Red Leaf 64

Temple Tomb 66

White Deer 67

Morel Patch 69

St. Field 70

My Father's Dream of Thoreau 72

Once in A 74

Ignis Fatuus 75

Reading an Old Book 76

The Holidays 77

Duet 79

Temple on My Knees 81

How I Might Sound if I Left Myself Alone 82

Notes 83

Acknowledgments 85

About the Author 87

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