Tulips, Water, Ash (Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize)
- Author:Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):0.3 x 5.8 x 8
- Publication Date:October 30, 2009
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Tulips, Water, Ash begins with a kind of invocation—a calling-out from the domestic world, “the soft / chewy center of here: the mailbox, / the toaster, the dentist office . . . Whiteboard,whiteout. Little yellow / notes everywhere like moths.” So many of these poems—their bus stops and taquerias, sidewalks and bathroom mirrors—give us the ordinary, the daily, but with all the lights turned on: surfaces made near-transparent by a consciousness whose shifts and asides are a pleasure to inhabit. Others dive into the mystery just underneath, colliding junior high school with theoretical cosmology, suburbia with multiple universes. There is a fascination, too, with the life of language, the names of things in these poems often as much a mystery as their simple presence. This is daily life with its underlying passions and strangeness exposed—the point at which each of us, like the speaker, “slip[s] back down / through a hole in the net.”
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