A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014 by Marilyn Hacker

By Marilyn Hacker

A range of poems that addresses the quotidian and the worldwide, from one in all our so much crucial poets.

Drawing on twenty years worthy of award-winning poetry, Marilyn Hacker's beneficiant decisions in A Stranger's reflect contain paintings from 4 earlier volumes besides twenty-five new poems, ranging in locale from a solitary bed room to a refugee camp.

In a multiplicity of voices, Hacker engages with translations of French and Francophone poets. Her poems belong to an city global of cafés, bookshops, bridges, site visitors, demonstrations, conversations, and solitudes. From there, Hacker reaches out to different websites and personas: a refugee camp at the Turkish/Syrian border; contrapuntal monologues of a Palestinian and an Israeli poet; intimate and overseas exchanges abbreviated on Skype—perhaps with gunfire within the background.

These poems direction via sonnets and ghazals, via sapphics and syllabics, via each historic-organic trend, from renga to rubaiyat to Hayden Carruth's "paragraph." every one is usually an implicit dialog with the poets who got here sooner than, or who're writing as we read.

A Stranger's reflect isn't intended just for poets. those poems belong to a person who has sought in language an expression and extension of his or her engagement with the world—far off or up shut because the morning's first cup of tea.

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Owls crowd the hold with eyes. Daily the sky blues over these points. Sheets stretched, masts go almost horizontal, speed lends Xeeting sense to water. You say what hurts is being loved too well. You know that paradise is so against the will. But some nights you can taste the anchor’s working free of its coral bed—can swear the word for this is music. 31 Weather Eye Open Besides the toss and drag of shells are you shown no proof as to time lost here? Same stamp on every morning. Tattered glass at rub on sunblind margin.

Blindfolded, safe from the Wts of the body. Laid by the gypsum-dusted quince, a crescent knife. Another sandbag lighter by your leave, the Xeets are threading faded faded air. Spring. The more the Wddleheads uncrank their serrations. The more the stone sits in the meadow. 20 Prodigal Song Asleep by the obsolete atlas, now you can imagine in what hour you are tempted, how far pleases you best has shifted. Spiral-scalped apples, a barbed wire of cloud, a gate uplocked at dawn. What things can you take for welcome?

Into the tilting lookout midnight throws its shining briars. Salt crystals the deck. You are tired of dead reckoning and other primitive enchantments. At night you dreamwalk through wildwood, where trees speak in unrushed conclave. Owls crowd the hold with eyes. Daily the sky blues over these points. Sheets stretched, masts go almost horizontal, speed lends Xeeting sense to water. You say what hurts is being loved too well. You know that paradise is so against the will. But some nights you can taste the anchor’s working free of its coral bed—can swear the word for this is music.

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