Pursuit by Erica Funkhouser

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Erica Funkhouser’s fourth book is full of animal and human pursuits: a leaf-cutting bee careens from branch to branch, looking for the right place to nest; a frustrated farmer stalks her garden’s invisible predator; a young woman insists on walking the length of a canyon whose river terrifies her; a dying man tries to avoid death long enough to die gracefully. Whether driven by elemental need or sublime desire, the inhabitants of these poems are actively engaged in seeking of every kind—physical, intellectual, and spiritual. Their very effort animates them.
Pursuit is also devoted to the details of living—what we build, how we eat, our solitary and communal habits, our obsessions, how we amuse ourselves, how we find and endure love, how we survive. As Rosanna Warren wrote of the poems in Funkhouser’s previous collection, “They have the feel of experience rescued from the conventional by a great steadiness of regard.”

About Erica Funkhouser

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Erica Funkhouser is the author of four previous books of poems, including Pursuit and The Actual World. She is a lecturer in the department of writing and humanistic studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lives in Essex, Massachusetts.
Published April 16, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This careful, reader-friendly fourth outing from Funkhouser (The Actual World) makes stark and honest, if unadventurous, lyric from birds, plants, suburbs and paintings, then turns its attention to well-told stories in verse.

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