Wonder and Wrath is the latest book of original and translated poetry from A. M. Juster, one of America’s most respected poets and translators. These poems display great formal accomplishment and deliver pleasure in the act of reading themespecially aloud. Rooted in the tradition, the poems in Wonder and Wrath have appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review, Rattle and many other top journals. Read this book of poems from start to finish; you’ll enjoy every one of them!
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Mist on moonspill as midnight nears.
Adrift but not dreaming our drowsy son
is covered and kissed. At the kitchen door
our old basset is barking; coyotes out back
are standing like statues down by the dogwoods.
Across the crystal of crusted snow,
they search for stragglers to startle and chase.
Their vigil reveals no victims this night.
Trash would be trouble; they trot away
unbothered by bloodthroated growling and baying.
No star distracts their stealthy march.
As the highway hums they howl through the calm,
then savor new scents that savor their path
in this world awash in wonder and wrath.
"Japanese Maple in January”
All spring she brushed aside my arguments
it would be cheaper, and would make more sense,
to fill the yard with hardy native stock.
She bought her maple, junked the chain-link fence,
and tried to start a lawn; our crabby flock
of grackles grew too fat on seed to quarrel.
While masons tamed the mud with slate and rock,
She planted birches, hollies and a laurel.
New pickets kept our neighbors in their place.
October stripped her birches down to bone,
as if to warn the weak. Beside new stone
the pygmy flared with plum and amber lace.
As ice storms make old oaks bow, crack and groan,
her gift keeps shimmering with fragile grace.
“. . . come, Kate, come, you must not look so sour.”
The Taming of the Shrew
At fourteen she loves being critical
and tells me, “Shakespeare uses language well,
but could have been, like, more original…”
I sputter, but rebuttals fail to jell.
All those recycled plots make it appear
to her he was a sneaky plagiarist
no better than that girl expelled last year
so “they” should take him off her reading list.
Please, Caitlin, let it go; great writers borrow
like gamblers. Don’t begrudge the Bard a source
that he reshaped into Verona’s sorrow,
Miranda’s tenderness or Lear’s remorse,
but mark him down a point or two
because he tamed a Kate as fierce as you.
Table of Contents
Animal Model 18
I Sit Half-Naked 19
Threat Levels 21
Farewell, Mr. Wizard 23
Falling for the Witch 25
No Man's Island 30
Cuttyhunk, Late Afternoon 31
November Requiem 32
Three Visitors 33
The Devil in the Details 34
Autoimmune Attack 35
Rounding Up the Mimes 36
The impossible in which I believe 39
An Apostle Falls 41
Japanese Maple in January 42
Untamed Daughter 44
A Midsummer Night's Hangover 45
Fruit Flies 46
First Death 47
Sudden Onset 48
After Scattering David Berman's Ashes 49
Triptych: Dream, Convenience Store, Bar 50
A Kay Ryan Fanboy Poem 53
Rimbaud in Abyssinia 54
Proposed Clichés 55
East African Proverbs 59
The Minx 60
To Her Husband for Beating Her 61
Completed Fragments of Rilke 62
Riddles from Saint Aldhelm's Aenigmata 65
On the Death of a Most Honorable Man, Roger Manwood, Lord Chief Baron of the Queen's Exchequer 66
To My Dear Friend, M.J. Jackson, A Disparager of This Treatise 67
Escaping Myself 68
Autumn Night 69
Crowded Skies 70
Bob Dylan's Scandinavian Homesick Blues 72
Notes on the Translations 75