Vanitas, Rough by Lisa Russ Spaar
Poems (Karen & Michael Braziller Books)

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“Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today.”—Jennifer Chang, The Believer

With her trademark language—baroque yet colloquial, immediately recognizable but impossible to duplicate—Lisa Russ Spaar has written her most sumptuous, alluring, and steamy poems to date, each one bursting with an appetite for the sensuous and the lingual. “Is syntax erotic?” she asks in Vanitas, Rough. “If so, please. Please read. Here.”

About Lisa Russ Spaar

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Lisa Russ Spaar has written and edited many books of poetry. She is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Published December 20, 2012 by Persea. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“What doesn’t love/ restraint?” these poems ask, while brimming with anticipation and urgency, and touched with wit, working to question the world’s rough beauty and transience: “Apricot pendulum lyre ticking// in the locust, blue fieldstones/ of the crumbling fence, old crush// on the ...

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"To touch its truth I punched my fist/ into the chopped molest// the boscage—withdrew my red sleeve.// Abstract that." If Carol

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