Tenderness Shore by Meredith Stricker
(National Poetry Series)

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Meredith Stricker's Tenderness Shore is a fierce and luminous collection of poetry that explores the iconography of the Muse as a wilderness retreat for the imagination. Opening with a series of exchanges with Sappho-Plato's "tenth muse"-in letters, shopping lists, postcards, choreography, and maps, the delving into the landscape of Lesbos using a lexicon to track the roots and impulses of lyrics, the collection closes with encounters among a chorus of muses: Sappho, Camus, Piaf, and birds speaking in Hungarian.

Tenderness Shore affirms that the Muse, or the human capacity to muse, can be found in any part of life-nature, photographs, art, memory-that resists being measures in terms of profit and loss.


About Meredith Stricker

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Stricker is an artist and poet living on California's Central Coast. She is a partner in an art and architecture studio, and is developing the Center for Visual Poetry to bring together artists, writers and experimental forms. Her previous collection of poetry and images was selected as a finalist for the National Poetry Series Award.
Published May 1, 2003 by Louisiana State University Press. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Through a blizzard of allusions and references pushed by juxtaposition, interruption and discontinuity, Striker aims to reproduce the fragmented address of Sappho's lyrics.

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