Tuesday, October 09, 2012

News at Eleven: Like all the poems in Stag's Leap

[by Sharon Olds], this one is clear and accessible. It moves along on the strength of its verbs: steadied, glistening, harrowed, sorrowing and, especially, wraithing. It describes a difficult task from the abandoned wife's long to-do list while also capturing her gauzy, sleepwalking consciousness. And, although the poem's narrator goes on to say that something in her always feared this outcome, it isn't as bad as she thought. She survives it. Life will go on.

from Concord Monitor: Unexpected love poems


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