By Mary Jo Salter
A attractive selection of verse––both gentle and darkish, elegiac and affirmative––from certainly one of our such a lot well-liked poets.
The name not anything by means of layout is taken from Salter’s villanelle “Complaint for Absolute Divorce,” during which we’re requested to entertain the concept of a no-fault universe. The cautious look for peace, own and public, is a continuing subject matter in poems as various as “Our neighbors the Enemy,” in regards to the Christmas soccer fit among German and British infantrymen in 1914; “The Afterlife,” during which Egyptian tomb collectible figurines exertions to serve the useless; and “Voice of America,” the place Salter returns to the Saint Petersburg of her exiled buddy, the past due Joseph Brodsky. a bit of fascinating gentle verse serves as counterpoint to a different sequence entitled “Bed of Letters,” during which Salter addresses the top of a protracted marriage. Artfully designed, with a hugely intentional tune, those poems movingly supply shape to the customarily unfathomable, but very genuine, presence of nothingness and loss in our lives.
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