Sakura Park by Rachel Wetzsteon

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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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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 July 7, 2006 by Persea. 112 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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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 ...

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