Home and Away by Rachel Wetzsteon
(Poets, Penguin)

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Rachel Wetzsteon has been hailed by John Hollander as the writer of the "most impressive verse I have seen by anyone of her generation" and by Richard Howard as the "most variously gifted of our new poets." Variously compared to Emily Dickenson and Elizabeth Bishop, Wetzsteon displays her range of poetic voices and verse forms with an uncommon virtuosity. Her second collection features a musically resonant sonnet sequence, a poignant elegy for W. H. Auden, modern engagements with the world of myth, Narcissus, Pomona and others, and honest yet artful meditations, Home and Away is a brilliantly descriptive, skillful experimentation in verse.

From the title poem, "Home and Away":

and if a loving pair was what it took to turn a cityscape from brown to bright, both pair and city gained from the exchange-- it gave us history, we gave it life. Or so I figured.


About Rachel Wetzsteon

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Rachel Wetzsteon's collections include Sakura Park and Silver Roses. At the time of her death, she was the poetry editor of The New Republic and lived in New York City.
Published October 1, 1998 by Puffin. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Wetzsteon eschews such edgy intensity throughout here, even as she imagines herself a tortured martyr for poetry (—The Triumph of Marsyas—), a leper wanting to blend with the cityscape (—A Leper in the City—), and a clubfoot as a rhythm-keeper (—Clubfoot—).

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Readers may sometimes find themselves yearning, like the tired and fascinated narrator of ""The Late Show,"" for ""a duller but more intimate story,"" but Wetzsteon's sheen of elegance and formal poise is designed to show how ""when we take our masks off/ new ones take their place."" (Oct.)

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