Susan Gubernat Flesh

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Winner of the 1998 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize, Gubernats poems are grounded in her Catholic working-class girlhood. While she echoes the subject matter and tone of countless other contemporary women poets, her best work distinguishes her from the pack, thanks to language that leaps from the simple and direct into flights of oddly arresting formality or convolutionlanguage that is lush, often lovely, and sometimes wonderfully coarse. Her sense of humor mitigates the occasional sentimentality and self-absorption in this decidedly autobiographical collection. Her grandparents loom large in several of the strongest poems, which are imbued with not only love but appreciation for their values, even those Gubernat has left behind: Their marriage becomes the standard by which she judges love, both domestic and passionate (``Who knew their rocking bodies, / shallow with sleep, under the shadow/of the plaster virgin, who knew / what great delight, what sorrow / each had passed on to the other?''). Unfortunately, most of Gubernats pieces about romantic love verge on the poetic clich of alternately spurned and spurning woman (``I offer myself in dreams / to every passing stranger / or dream that you do''). She is much more daring and fresh when she writes about herself as an independent adult poet. ``Flowering Cherry and Autumn Maple with Poem Slips,'' for instance, moves beyond the self-referential into pure song with its refrain, ``Poems blowing like laundry from a tree.'' Ultimately, as lyrical and insightful as Gubernats poems can be, they end up covering familiar territory. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Ambergris
Belles Lettres
Boomers
Cana
Caution Horses
Cherry-ripe
Composing On The Computer
Corporal Works Of Mercy
Death's Details
Epithalamion
First Hair Cut
The First Night Of Fireflies
Flesh
Flowering Cherry And Autumn Maple With Poem Slips: 1
Flowering Cherry And Autumn Maple With Poem Slips: 2
Flu Season
Fontanelle
Here's A Christmas Card
Leda's Children
Les Oncles
Literally
Lot's Wife
The Man Who Touched The Twelve-armed Goddess
The Midwife
My Father's Cornet
My Parents Buy A Burial Plot
November
The Nuns
Nutcracker
Parish
Pomegranate Season
Reading James Wright
Ruined Statues In The Louvre
Splitting Wood
Teacher To A Mad Student: 1
Teacher To A Mad Student: 6
To Become An Islander
To Sedna, The Inuit Sea Goddess
To The Close Friend Most Unlike Me
Wild Girls
Winter Solstice
Women And Men: A Retrospective
Working Class
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Gubernat combines lines and syntax with honed skill while retaining an earthy voice. (Her) poetry is elegant and harsh, cerebral and immediate. -- Literal Latte, March/April 2000

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