Wonder and Wrath

Wonder and Wrath

by A. M. Juster


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"Page after page, the poems strike home.”―Dana Gioia

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 them—especially 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589881495
Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 664,567
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

A. M. Juster is an award-winning poet, translator, and critic. His most recent books include John Milton's The Book of Elegies, The Elegies of Maximianus, and Sleaze & Slander, and his first book of original poetry, The Secret Language of Women, won the Richard Wilbur Award. Juster's poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Hudson Review, The New Criterion and many other publications. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Read an Excerpt

"Three Visitors"

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.

“Untamed Daughter”

“. . . 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

Acknowledgements 11


Heirloom 17

Animal Model 18

I Sit Half-Naked 19

Behold 20

Threat Levels 21

Epilogue 22

Farewell, Mr. Wizard 23

Cassandra 24

Falling for the Witch 25

Inertia 26

Surveillance 27

Vertigo 28

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

Kennings 40

An Apostle Falls 41

Japanese Maple in January 42

Visitation 43

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

Sundowning 51

No 52

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

Impossibilities 63

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

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