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A personal journey through faith and history, wherein anger is redeemed through passion and art.
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Selected by Robert Creeley, this year's APR first book-award winner is an expertly crafted collection of reflective, chiaroscuro verse. Macari casts themes of family history, failed love and pregnancy and child-rearing with a darkness that haunts many of the poems while remaining deliberately unfocused, as in "My Son and I See the Arms and Armor Exhibit": "I don't want to cross to a world where the sky/ is wet and cold and a knight rides from the woods/ just as thaw is reversing. I don't want to pity his body." The book is divided into two parts, with many of the stronger poems belonging to the St. Francis-based latter section, where Macari's poems steel to face a deeper sense of loss: "That's how you rise now from your chair,/ rise to your grief, your shining eyes on me,/ your hand pressing mine so I'm stunned by what I'm losing,/ what I've lost, stunned by how we go on..." While able to impeccably, as well as unironically, work with highly charged imagery, Macari has a tendency to disguise the sincerity that is at the core of her poetry with a kind of awestruck tonal elevation that too often trivializes the subject at hand: "who would not focus on what tore/ like hailstones at the roof,/ who would not admit it was all/ unfathomable. " but which works for the more purely descriptive passages. This quiet, familiar book won't get a lot of attention, but Macari's poise and instinctive sense of a poem's shape betoken precise and measured follow-ups. (Nov.)
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The Beekeeper's Sorrow
Between Heaven And Earth
Clare And Francis
Clare Views The Body Of Francis
Dialogue: 14th Century
For That Moment
Fourth Of July
I Can Be Bread
In The Parking Lot
The Jesus Of Cracow
Morning In Florence, San Marco
My Brother With Shark
My Son And I See The Arms And Armor Exhibit
Needle And Thread
On The Hill
On The River
Palm Sunday, Mexico
Reading About The Earthquakes In Assisi
Saints, Marriage, Desire
The Same Dream
Slope Of Stone And Dirt
This Is How You Start
The Woods Behind The House
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Book Description Amer Poetry Review, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX096633955X
Book Description Amer Poetry Review, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M096633955X