By Susan Stewart
“One of the best poets of the final fifty years.” —Salt
to the Nth, just like the fact of an ending
unskeined around the crust of the white field.
Though it occurred just once, I
am sending the thought
of the thought
to come back to
the box earlier than the mowing.
When a goldfinch swayed
on a blue stem stalk,
and the wind and the sun
stirred the hay.
—from “After the Mowing”
Cinder: New and chosen Poems gathers for the 1st time poetry from throughout Susan Stewart’s thirty-five-year occupation, together with many remarkable new poems. From short songs to longer meditative sequences, and continuously with formal innovation and delightful precision, Stewart inspires the innocence of adolescence, the endangered mysteries of the wildlife, and deeply felt perceptions, either acute and shared.
“Stewart explores our insatiable wish to consider and make which means out of this remembering,” Ange Mlinko writes in The Nation. “Stewart’s elegiac bent has broadened, over the years, from the private lyric . . . to what should be referred to as the cultural lyric. Fewer and less of her poems reference what she on my own recollects; they're approximately what you and that i remember.”
Reading throughout this retrospective assortment is a unique event of seeing the unfolding improvement of 1 of the main inventive and relocating lyric writers in modern poetry.
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