Figures in a Landscape (Phoenix Poets) (Paperback)

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A new inclusiveness, a heady freedom, grounded in the facts of mortality, inform Gail Mazur's recent poems, as if making them has served as both a bunker and a promontory, a way to survive, and to be exposed to, the profound underlying subject of this book: a husband's approaching death. The intimate particulars of a shared life are seen from a great height-and then there's the underlife of the bunker: endurance, holding on, life as uncompromising reality. This new work, possessed by the unique devil-may-care intensity of someone writing at the end of her nerves, makes Figures in a Landscape feel radiant, visionary, and exhilarating, rather than elegiac. Mazur's masterly fusion of abstraction with the facts of a life creates a coming to terms with what Yeats called "the aboriginal ice."

About the Author

Gail Mazur is the author of five books of poetry, including, most recently, "Zeppo s First Wife: New and Selected Poems," and "They Can t Take That Away from Me," a finalist for the National Book Award, both published by the University of Chicago Press. She is founder and director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches in Emerson College's Graduate Program in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College."

Praise For…

“Gail Mazur asks the fundamental questions of a life animated by a social and existential conscience. . . . Her language hums with a tension between an unflinching account of motive and a fluent lyrical grace.”—Tikkun


Product Details
ISBN: 9780226514413
ISBN-10: 0226514412
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2011
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Phoenix Poets (Paperback)