Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226284088 Published June 1993
Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226284095 Published June 1993

Afterworld

Christine Garren

Afterworld
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Christine Garren

62 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1993
Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226284088 Published June 1993
Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226284095 Published June 1993
Lyrical and highly charged, these poems examine the strengths and frailties of the human psyche as it functions under the stress of loss, disappointment and mortality. As the poet struggles with reality's continuing failure to satisfy basic human needs, she develops a deepened reliance on the imagination as a source of restorative powers.

"I like Christine Garren's poetry for its fervor and idiosyncrasy. It lives in the common places of daily life but opens into mysterious invisible orders. Afterworld is a strange and compelling book by a gifted visionary artist."—W. S. Di Piero

"In Afterworld, Christine Garren calls up again and again how it feels to be touched by some relatively familiar thing that happens. A cluster of balloons rises from a birthday party, night falls, and it is left for her to sing about the separate moments with remarkable and unforced grace. Her poems confirm that there's as much at stake in evanescences as we've always suspected but not found ways to say."—James McMichael

"The language seems but a shade, a muted rendering of Garren's images, so concrete and ethereal, knowing and innocent. If this reviewer is being abstract it's because these poems do that to you—they create an arrangement of words, so that, for a while, I believed there was none other."—Harvard Review

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Contents
Acknowledgments
First Magnitudes
The Drive
When They Loved
Flowers
On Suffering
Solarization
Doves
The Soul
Homage
A Mother Speaks to Her Son
The Rescue
Visor
From Another Country
Beginnings
Camping
Mantis
Willows
Weed
Lost
Wall
After the Flood
The Romantics
Knowledge
Cage
The Well
Stadium
The Romans
Column
The Fountains
Chivalry
Reunion
The Warning
Folly
Pre-Nuptial
Honeymoon
Pool
Gate
The Artist
Birthday
Expedition
Reality: An Argument
Nightfall
Cure
Southport
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