The Anchorage: Poems

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1999 - Poetry - 57 pages
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In this debut collection, Mark Wunderlich creates a central metaphor of the body as anchor for the soul--but it is a body in peril, one set in motion through the landscape of desire. In poems located in New York's summer streets, in the barren snowfields of Wisconsin, and along stretches of Cape Cod's open shoreline, the lover speaks to the beloved in the form of lyrical missives, arguments, and intimate monologues. The poems converse with each other; images repeat and echo in an effect that is strange and beautiful. Uniting the collection is an original and consistent voice--one that has found a hard won stance against the haphazard and negotiates with what is needful and sufficient. The Anchorage is a collection of love poems for the end of the millennium and takes as its subjects the dichotomies of love and illness, the urban and the rural, homosexual desire and familial tension. Wunderlich faces the complexities of contemporary life through poems that are both tender and striving and that leave the reader with an image of the body as a door through which one can transcend the suffering of the world.
 

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Contents

Take Good Care of Yourself
3
Given in Person Only
5
The Trick
7
Through an Opening Door
9
Continents Edge
11
Cease the Heart is With Me
13
The Anchorage
15
From a Vacant House
17
In the Winter of This Climate
32
One Explanation of Beauty
33
Aubade
34
Unmade Bed
37
Chapel of the Miraculous Medal
38
Fourteen Things Were Allowed to Bring to the Underworld
39
Predictions about a Black Car
40
No Place Like Home
41

Peonies
21
To Sleep in a New City
22
The Bruise of This
23
On Opening
24
How I Was Told and Not Told
25
Thirst
26
Winter of Heaven Winter of Ash
27
The Mare
30
Pale Notion
31
Letter Written to a Verse by Karen Carpenter
42
All That Stammering
43
Suture
47
Hunt
48
The Shot
49
This Heat These Human Forms
55
Difficult Body
57
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About the author (1999)

Mark Wunderlich is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Winner of the 1997 Writers at Work Poetry Fellowship, he is also the recipient of a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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