The Patience of Ice by Renate Wood

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Filled with awe at the improbable, incomprehensible trajectory of human experience, the poems in Renate Wood's The Patience of Ice ponder history, memory, and family. Beginning with the sequence of poems titled "German Chronicle," Wood evokes her childhood in Germany during the Second World War, recording the war's impact on the world in general and on her family in particular. Moving between the past and the present, from family life to mythology, her poems are distinguished by intellectual and emotional courage, metaphoric surprise, and linguistic clarity. The Patience of Ice is an accomplished collection from a mature and original poet.

About the Author:
RENATE WOOD was born in 1938 in Berlin. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Her first book of poems,Raised Underground, was published in 1991 by Carnegie Mellon. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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Published December 6, 2000 by Triquarterly. 69 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The child poet then retrospectively links her father’s death with the burial of the mouse, treating the latter as a sort of premonition: “when I thought of him walking through the streets / in those last days, there was always a mouse on the sidewalk / scampering ahead like a shadow before him.” ...

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Wood's sensitive, frequently autobiographical second book looks back in longing and pain to a childhood in World War II-era Germany, then pulls its readers slowly into an American present dominated by elegy.

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