The Brevity of Red by Jill MacleanThe Brevity of Red by Jill Maclean

The Brevity of Red

byJill Maclean

Paperback | October 1, 2003

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"The Brevity of Red is the product of long reflection on loss: of a daughter, a sister, parents; and of familial stories. These intelligent, vivid, carefully crafted poems honor the dead, yet they avoid easy answers. Although they affirm the power of love and are centred in the personal, their tendency is centrifugal. Dramatic monologues in the voices of Hannah, Isaac, Job or a "Mohenjo-daro carver of seals are reinforced by meditations on ancient artefacts that connect us to a vanishing past whose human pain, savagery, whimsy and redemption illuminate our present day ironies and "joys/with the soil still on them. "With fresh metaphors and emotionally resonant images, MacLean questions those places where we seek solace: our artistic imaginations, our religious traditions and myths, as well as the entrancing, but arbitrarily cruel natural world from which we spring. Always she calls us to attention within this moment. Her language is focused, her descriptions clear and precise. Though the mood is largely elegiac, it is also wry and surprisingly edgy, as it reaches for the grace notes of celebration.
Before she turned 40, Jill MacLean had lost three of the most important women in her life: her mother and sister to illness, and her seventeen-year-old daughter to a car accident. One of the lasting legacies of the grief caused by these losses has been the idea that it is impossible and undesirable to live every waking moment in the kn...
Title:The Brevity of RedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.02 × 6.05 × 0.25 inPublished:October 1, 2003Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:092183392X

ISBN - 13:9780921833925

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The Brevity of Red is a book of poems that charts the landscape of grieving and of love. In the midst of a poem, in the heart of loss, this poet gestures to the sky, to the trees, graces us with the names of the flowers, and points out the birds. If hope has a muscle, call it poem and here's a collection that's alit from within."Sue Goyette