Shift by Jeredith Merrin
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Shift traces the love between two women over several years and explores the intricacies of family relationships. Jeredith Merrin's poems, moving from ecstatic love lyrics to poems of familial affection and damage, to grave, more mature love poems, are psychologically loaded and technically sophisticated. These poems convey a wonderful sense of the sexual and social complexity of human relationships.


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Jeredith Merrin is a professor of English at The Ohio State University. She is the author of "An Enabling Humility: Marianne Moore," "Elizabeth Bishop, and the Uses of Tradition," Her first book of poetry, "Shift," was published by the University of Chicago Press.
Published September 15, 1996 by University Of Chicago Press. 86 pages
Genres: History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In ""Big Sister,"" she sketches a portrait of her sister's stormy life and their strained relationship, asking: ""What happened to us,/ what did I do, while/ I was saving myself?"" Merrin remembers her deceased stepfather in ""Blackmail,"" realizing ""...I have not yet let him be/ through with fa...

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