Nancy Willard The Sea at Truro: Poems

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The Sea at Truro: Poems

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From the acclaimed poet of In the Salt Marsh comes a dazzling collection about the magic hiding in the ordinary days of our past and present. Willard turns a keen eye on the natural world that witnesses these revelations, and the myriad, often surprising ways in which it intersects with our own human lot.

Willard shows us time and again that “In me nothing of childhood is lost.” She recaptures for us not only the fleeting, distant shreds of a charmed, innocent youth, but brings back the people who have been loved and lost. She tells us of the man whose sister appears to him the night after her memorial service, and of the time her grandfather called her mother three days after he died, “. . . and she with her arms full / of wind-washed laundry / just freed from the line.” She gives back to us Walt Whitman, “eating / his supper from a sheet of brown paper.” She lends voice not only to the loved ones with whom we have parted ways but also to the plant and animal lives that remain a mystery to us despite our close proximity to them. In her able hands “the potato opens its eyes” and the dragonfly stands “well mannered and cautious.” Whether she is musing “What it is to be that crow,” bringing us “the gossip of ants,” or noting that “The sea reads slowly, as old men in libraries / follow the news . . .,” Willard brings extraordinary empathy to every subject she touches, creating fascinating new worlds from the ordinary staples of our daily existence. Finally, she plumbs the ultimate union between the human and natural worlds that she brings into such sharp focus.
 
 
Grave
 
Last year four men planted you under a stone.
Today I plant the dumpy heart of a narcissus.
 
Sharing your bed, it will wake up singing.

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Nancy Willard was educated at the University of Michigan and Stanford University. She has written two novels, seven books of stories and essays, and eleven books of poetry. A winner of the Devins Memorial Award, she has had NEA grants in both fiction and poetry. Her book Water Walker was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She won the Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake’s Inn. She teaches in the English department at Vassar College.

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In her twelfth poetry collection, Willard, who also writes children’s books (one of which won the Newbery Medal), begins this bright and wind-whirled collection with a tribute to her characters, that is, those who inspire her imagination. Such as the girl in wartime who is denied her longed-for birthday bicycle but finds comfort and beauty in watching her mother mix a pitcher of Kool-Aid. Willard writes of “a long leap of a lad,” a phrase brimming with joy, mischief, motion, and promise that neatly captures her cadence, however somber or mysterious her subject. Her settings are fairy-tale vivid, and how quickly we’re taken away by the strong current of each glimmering poem. A call to prance in “Shoes” (“Put your best foot forward / and carry no map”) is matched by still lives, including a radiant ode to a glass goblet. And Willard’s dreamy and secretive landscapes and seascapes, including “The Live Sea Scrolls,” are vibrant with animals and birds, thrillingly fanciful, and covertly incisive. Willard is a poet of both buoyancy and profundity. --Donna Seaman

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