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The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016by: Maurya Simon
Publication Date: April 2018
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The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems compiles Maurya Simon's intellectual and compassionate exploration of life through nature and relationships.
"Maurya Simon's language is lush, dense, sensual, and framed by a dazzling intellect. In this her New & Selected Poems we come to see the full power of her symphonic sweep and the sheer dynamism of her compositional slant—riffs, play, improvisation, harmonic resonance—
yet the resolve is always there, always a breathless moment. . . . Maurya Simon's oeuvre is a deliberate world of grace, awe, beauty, delight, and wonder. In these poems you will find rest, comfort, deep questions, some discomfort, but always joy. Read this book—you will be grateful for it."
—Chris Abani, author of Sanctificum and Hands Washing Water
"The Wilderness is nothing short of astonishing. Maurya Simon is a poet for the ages, an exuberant chronicler of moments large and small who discovers at every turn new ways of illuminating the sum of her experience, and in this new and selected edition of work gathered over many decades she reveals herself to be in the grip of what Wallace Stevens called 'the necessary angel of earth'—the one who helps us to see the world around us in all its resplendent glory."
—Christopher Merrill, author of Self-Portrait with Dogwood
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The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016