Becoming Bone: Poems on the Life of Celia Thaxter (1836a 1894)

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Juli 2005



In the long tradition of biography-in-poetry collections, Annie Boutelle's first collection probes the layered life of one of nineteenth-century America's most popular poets, who is now almost forgotten. The Celia Thaxter who speaks these poems disturbs the placid myth created around her public persona, and focuses on the fierce mysteries and ironies that frame her. Boutelle carefully reveals Thaxter's childhood on the stark Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast; the trap of a Victorian marriage; the struggle to invent herself as writer and painter; her celebrated circle of friends, including Nathaniel Hawthorne and Childe Hassam; and the hard-won serenity of her last decade. Clear, airy, crystalline, these poems move us into an elemental world where "nothing is left but water, / air, and the uncertain space between." With restraint and lyric tenderness, Boutelle leads us toward a woman who shifts from pose to necessary pose, who survives in these pages with intelligence and grace: "The grave / flesh melts. What's left / is light as bone."


Annie Boutelle is a senior lecturer at Smith College, where she founded the Poetry Center. She was a finalist for the 1999 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the 2000 Kathryn Morton Award, and the 2002 Philip Levine Prize. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals and magazines. She is the author of a forthcoming poetry collection, Nest of Thistles, and lives in Florence, Massachusetts.
EAN: 9781557287977
ISBN: 155728797X
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2005
Seitenanzahl: 94 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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