Passenger: Poems (The Contemporary Poetry Ser.)

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The poems in Passenger shift between the mythology of the Middle East and the bombed-out cities of the former Yugoslavia, the ancient Roman tale of Romulus and Remus, the choreography of murder, and the hawking of grisly war memorabilia on destroyed city streets. Influenced by Susan Maxwell’s experiences as a relief worker in a Croatian refugee camp at the height of the Bosnian War in the 1990s, these poems document a nameless, mythological war that has collapsed the boundaries between contemporary and ancient history and between personal memory and folklore. The poems’ tender voices wake to find themselves fused to objects or to the dead, and begin to speak those first precarious, childlike, and prophetic words that will allow them to reestablish contact with the outside world―a world that has become “one / sentence long repeating so the last chain / could sing while it murdered the first.”

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Susan Maxwell earned her BA in Peace and Conflict studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has been featured in such publications as Verse, American Letters & Commentary, Fence, VOLT, and River City Magazine, and she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2004 for the poem "Plural for Tree at the Forested Edge." Maxwell currently resides in Oakland, California.

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Poor cyclops they murmur and merge down the leafy tunnel. When I swung my gaze it took them, took flight, the road silk in billows. I eat the same thing every day. To bring my hands together the city remains separate--an entire collection blinking into yellowing liquid. A crushed bee or ear of corn. Body on the curve to completion. I didn't leave you there for them, they kill what they eat. With my two eyes I thought to guard the numbers, our hair waving into the jaws of the moth flown from the rigor of old mouths. Many people singing. A quality of release from the worsening fact of qualities. Many people singing....

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