A spirited new book from "the most variously gifted of our new poets" (Richard Howard).With this third collection, Rachel Wetzsteon continues to imprint American verse with her particular brand of smart, tart poems. These new pieces employ her remarkable formal agility in order to showcase an assortment of quarreling themes: learning and loss, autonomy and loneliness, love and work. The result is the rare book that is equal parts sass and sorrow.
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Finally, in the title poem, set in a park near the poet's New York home, where "petals lift and scatter / like versions of myself I was on the verge / of becoming," Wetzsteon (Home and Away , 1998) acknowledges the futility, and also the necessity, of her struggle: while awaiting "sweet reprieve ...| Read Full Review of Sakura Park: Poems