Anvil, Clock and Last (Paperback)Paulette Roeske (author)
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The clock is omnipresent in this collection, signaling the exquisite tension between the desire to erase the past and the urge to devour all experience. A father's legacy to a daughter is inescapable: "He's left his mark on everything / time filtered through his hands. He's left / it all to me". But Roeske's rare intensity and depth of thought produce poems of mortality and loss balanced by the unexpected appearance of love. After guiding us through the hard forging of a self, the poet places us on the "platform, springboard, raft, or tippy boat", urging us to see love, like all life's experiences, as "a place to fling yourself into", eyes open, fingers crossed.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Number of pages: 72
Weight: 109 g
Dimensions: 229 x 140 x 6 mm
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