Figures in a Landscape by Gail MazurFigures in a Landscape by Gail Mazur

Figures in a Landscape

byGail Mazur

Paperback | April 15, 2011

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A new inclusiveness, a heady freedom, grounded in the facts of mortality, inform Gail Mazur’s recent poems, as if making them has served as both a bunker and a promontory, a way to survive, and to be exposed to, the profound underlying subject of this book: a husband’s approaching death. The intimate particulars of a shared life are seen from a great height—and then there’s the underlife of the bunker: endurance, holding on, life as uncompromising reality. This new work, possessed by the unique devil-may-care intensity of someone writing at the end of her nerves, makes Figures in a Landscape feel radiant, visionary, and exhilarating, rather than elegiac. Mazur’s masterly fusion of abstraction with the facts of a life creates a coming to terms with what Yeats called “the aboriginal ice.”

Gail Mazur is the author of five books of poetry, including, most recently, Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems, and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, a finalist for the National Book Award, both published by the University of Chicago Press. She is founder and director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center in Cambridge, Massach...
Title:Figures in a LandscapeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226514412

ISBN - 13:9780226514413

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Table of Contents



    The Age
    The Island
    To the Makers
    While You Were Out
    Late September
    Notes in Chalk on a Ruined Bridge
    Figures in a Landscape


    History of My Timidity
    Dear Migraine,
    Asymmetrical Millay November
    To the Women of My Family
    Another Form
    In Another Country
    Autobiographia Misereria
    Inward Conversation


    Wedding Album
    Borges in Cambridge, 1967
    American Scene, 1935
    Isaac Rosenberg
    F & the Interpretation of Dreams
    Little Tempest
    10,000 Days
    Concordance to a Life’s Work
    Daisy, Daisy
    Poem at the End of August

Editorial Reviews

"Gail Mazur reinvigorates her longstanding themes with linguistic precision and surprising turns. . . . With insight and originality, she takes on poetry's great themes and takes readers into deep, psychic terrain."