Lena

Poems

  • 4/15/2017
  • 9780896729988
  • 978-0-896-72998-8
  • Cloth
  • 5 x 8
  • 0 lbs.0 oz.
$ 21.95

Description

Cassie Pruyn's Lena asks new questions: why we love, why we grieve. We'veread elegies before, but not like this. A lush and unsparing fi rst book, Lenaasks readers to understand love--crucially, a fi rst love, an erotic love--inthe context not of a love lost but instead of an identity gained: we must considernot only "was she worth it?," but also "who has she made me?" Pruyn lets us feelwhat lovers feel--the magnetism, the physicality, the tenderness, the rage, thewondering--with language both musical and visceral. In these poems, the landscape is a character in itself; the past is as tangible as the present. Pruyn takes us to the "Lost Love Lounge," we ride in a "car / red as a dragon," and we observe the beloved "stick herself in the belly with a needle" in the way "she used to attach her cufflinks." This is love and grief raised to the highest power; it is a debut not to be missed.< br/>Cassie Pruyn is Advanced Seminar Professor and Head of the Writing Center atBard Early College in New Orleans and author of the forthcoming Bayou St John: A Brief History.< br/>

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