Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226514383 Published May 1995
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226514390 Published April 1995

The Common

Gail Mazur

The Common
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Gail Mazur

81 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1995
Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226514383 Published May 1995
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226514390 Published April 1995
At the heart of Gail Mazur's The Common is the refusal to simplify what is paradoxical in our world and a recognition of the tensions in our own divided nature. These unflinching poems create a place where wisdom and foolishness, fear and courage, rage and pity, love and diffidence, naturally co-exist.

Desire, ambition, devotion, and devastating loss are all subjects for Mazur's clear-eyed poems, which resonate with the contradictions between the body's yearning and the mind's acknowledgment of the consequences of our choices. In a poetry driven by unrelenting questioning, Mazur tries, in Rilke's worlds, "to love the questions themselves."
Contents
Acknowledgments
Two Worlds: A Bridge
The Acorn
I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Mensch in the Morning
In Houston
Whatever They Want
Desire
Bedroom at Arles
Poem for Christian, My Student
May, Home after a Year Away
Bluebonnets
Fracture Santa Monica
The Idea of Florida During a Winter Thaw
Snake in the Grass
Blue
Why You Travel
After the Storm, August
A Green Watering Can
Maternal
Ware's Cove
Ice
Traces
Phonic
Pennies from Heaven
Another Tree
Revenant
Yahrzeit
Family Plot
Foliage
The Common
At Boston Garden, the First Night of War, 1991
Poem Ending with Three Lines of Wordsworth's
Lilacs on Brattle Street
A Small Plane from Boston to Montpelier
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