The Willow Grove

The Willow Grove

by Laurie Sheck

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Laurie Sheck interweaves the contemporary with the mythic, creating a realm in which such things as radios, skyscrapers, expressways, and mannequins are at once familiar and strange; immediate, yet tinged with the light of distance and myth. It is a realm where faces on a television newscast disappear "into the undertow / of hunger for the next thing and the next," and mannequins "stand in their angelic armor."

Placed at intervals throughout these pages is a series of poems entitled "From The Book of Persephone," poems that explore the underworld through a fractured contemporary lens, depicting it as a psychological landscape of isolation and desire.

As Mona Van Duyn said of Laurie Sheck's previous book, Io at Night, "When her sensibility and the reverberating myth are in perfect conjunction, the extraordinary happens: the mythical figure enters the poet's imagination so consumingly that it is impossible to tell whose life, whose feelings fill the form on the page."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307561183
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Laurie Sheck was born in The Bronx, New York, and now lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and daughter. She has received many awards for her poetry, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council for the Arts. She has published her poems widely in such magazines as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, and has had work included in The Pushcart Prize anthology and Best American Poetry 1991. She has taught at several colleges anti universities.

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