Vanitas, Rough: Poems

Vanitas, Rough: Poems

by Lisa Russ Spaar




“Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today.”—Jennifer Chang, The Believer

With her trademark language—baroque yet colloquial, immediately recognizable but impossible to duplicate—Lisa Russ Spaar has written her most sumptuous, alluring, and steamy poems to date, each one bursting with an appetite for the sensuous and the lingual. “Is syntax erotic?” she asks in Vanitas, Rough. “If so, please. Please read. Here.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554201
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(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

St. Protagonist 3

Departures: Chapter One 4

St. Saint 5

St. Chardonnay 6

Old Rose 7

Trouble 8

Solo Moon 9

Midas Passional 10

Goldfinches 11

Still Life with Hare & Knife 12

Vanitas, Rough 13

Mono no aware 14

Debt 15

Broke 16

Christmas Stoup 17

Blue Moon 18

From a Life Under Jupiter 19

Trailing Mary & Martha: 3 AM 20

Darning 21

St. Volition 22

Whether 23

Billet-doux 24

Thaw 25

The Middle Ages, Bonus Track 26

Two Shrifts 27

Cathartes aura 29

St. Brontë 30

Bone Orchard Lunch Hour 31

God's Gym 32

Spring Fever 33

The Irises 34

Kismet 35

Black Snake 36

Friday Motet 38

Hang Fire 40

After Hokusai 41

Graven 43

St. Vogue 44

"I have drunk, and seen the spider" 45

Dead Moth 47

St. Home 48

Hibernalphilia 49

You, For Now 51

Iconoclast 52

Dusk Binge 53

After the Meeting, a Red Fox 54

St. Bed of Snow 55

Watch 56

Outliving Emily 57

Is There a Magic Word? 59

St. Tulip 61

Music Lessons 62

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