Figures in a Landscape

Paperback | April 15, 2011

byGail Mazur

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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.”

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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 se...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

One

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

Two

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

Three

    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

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"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."