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Poems for Infidelsby: Gail Wronsky
Publication Date: November 2004
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Any other poet with Gail Wronsky’s gift for sheer gorgeousness—for the sensuous image, for shapeliness, for the ever-unfolding ever-mobile vocal line—would call it a day. But Wronsky’s intellect is of a larger order: restless, irreverent, wittily attuned to the force-fields of cultural fashion and to the depths those fashions bespeak. How heartening to see trenchant critique and passionate endorsement so fully intertwined! Poems for Infidels is a celebrant’s book, “guilty . . . of beauty” and, resoundingly, of faith.
In Poems for Infidels, Gail Wronsky is at the height ofher powers—flirtatious, nervous, witty, and generously real. Hers is a poetry of desire and longing, of disobedience in search of transformation and transcendence. In short, a poetry of celebration, “a celebration in which word/ turns back into flesh, absence into / heat, into light, into meaning.”
With just the right touches of irony and wise eroticism, Gail Wronsky presents a world well-traveled, finely observed and engaged. But it is not the travel locales nor the exotics of her poetry that make it unique—for that, we must look to her great heart, her ear, and her unblinking eye.
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