Vanitas

Vanitas

Poems

Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry

by Jane McKinley

Translated by Robert A. Fink

Published by: Texas Tech University Press

Imprint: Texas Tech University Press

124 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00

  • Hardcover
  • 9780896726840
  • Published: February 2011

$21.95

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vanitas: A still-life painting of a 17th-century Dutch genre incorporating symbols of mortality or mutability. —The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary Jane McKinley weaves together memories, myths, and interior worlds to create a vanitas of her own. With an oboist's mastery of rhythm and form and a painterly eye for detail, the poet retraces scenes from her childhood, allowing us to witness its shattering conclusion: the death of a beloved sister and its silent aftershocks.