Red Signature: Poems

Red Signature: Poems

by Mary Leader

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Overview

"Mary Leader's book Red Signature is an astonishing gift. In it she cherishes, presents, gives back to everyone the brilliant common life that almost nobody but Mary Leader can see and make known. The poems are elegant, utterly without concealment and pride, open without hesitation or qualification to the great world. To read her book is to recover some part of the lost treasure of experience."—Allen Grossman

"The cadences and silences of Red Signature are the work of a remarkably exacting listener. With its accomplished music, its generosity of feeling, and its witty, insightful love of the things of this world, Mary Leader's first book will delight and instruct any reader."—Susan Stewart

"The best poems in this book are like looking at a great John Ford film: something elemental within American experience, something born in deprivation but capable of possessing grandeur, has found classic expression. See (perhaps best of all) 'Among Things Held at Arm's Length.' Mary Leader's book beautifully and eloquently recovers a world in the act of discovering her distance from it."—Frank Bidart

Mary Leader makes her home in Norman, Oklahoma, and is currently the Creative Writing Fellow for Poetry at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also lectures in law. Red Signature is her first book of poems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555972554
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Series: The National Poetry Ser.
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)

About the Author

Mary Leader makes her home in Norman, Oklahoma, and is currently the Creative Writing Fellow for Poetry at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also lectures in law. Red Signature is her first book of poems.

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Red Signature


By Mary Leader

Graywolf Press

Copyright © 1997 Mary Leader
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-55597-255-1


Chapter One

RIFE SILL I come to a window with yellow curtains, picture Observing an abstract number of green tomatoes, A cake of bow rosin, amber scarred over with white. I tell you, I fell in love with a boy, not because He played the cello, but because I could imagine him Playing the cello. From a dream I picked his door, Turquoise paint, not new. He sent me a postcard From Budapest, that much remains true. He was Jewish.

In history, one walks where two walked before, alongside The Danube, in my mind, curtains splay in a gust, Sheet music takes wing, in his life, he turned up his collar. Beyond the blue-green door, lovers laugh, oh they are Jars of honey. A splash of sapphire emotes Inside one of them, cast by a cobalt, diagonal pane. SCHOOL TEACHER'S DITTY I wish I were a matchstick drifting drifting free on Black Bear Creek Clouds all stretched out on pallets boughs rolling back like a filmstrip the wind just waving me on Noon whistle, go choke on an old chicken bone I could not care less I am just a matchstick drifting free and easy on down the creek on down to Arkansas

(Continues...)



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