After the Body

New & Selected Poems
Sarabande Books (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 7. Juli 2020
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978-1-946448-61-3 (ISBN)
From her first book, Aerial View of Louisiana, published in 1979, Cleopatra Mathis has given us poems that somehow manage to be elegant and visceral at once. What has changed in the progression of the six collections since then-in poetry addressing marriage, the mystery of animals, the delicate and indelible bonds of family, illness, and mortality-is that the visceral quotient has steadily increased, though the elegance remains undiminished. For Mathis, the natural world no longer provides the affirmation and solace it once did; the navigation of a darkened hallway at night is a perilous expedition. After the Body charts the depredations of an illness that seems intent on removing the body, piece by piece. Through close and relentless observation of her own physical being, Mathis shows us how miniscule ambition, planning, and a sense of control over our own bodies are-things we so blithely take as real and solid when healthy. Her many publications, awards, and praise from peers testify that she is a lyric poet of the highest order. This expansive new book reflects a brilliant career, and is a necessary addition to any collection.
  • Englisch
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978-1-946448-61-3 (9781946448613)
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Cleopatra Mathis was born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, and has lived in New England since 1980. She has published seven previous books of poems, most recently Book of Dog and White Sea, both from Sarabande Books. Her many awards and prizes include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her poems have appeared widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, Best American Poetry, and The Extraordinary Tide: Poetry by American Women. The founder of the creative writing program at Dartmouth College in 1982, she lives with her family in East Thetford, Vermont.
Table of Contents

After the Body: New Poems

This Time, the Hawk
The Difference
After Chemo
Not Myself
Through the Coffin Window
Mother Pain
The News at 2 A.M.
Arm, Etc.
What the Knife Is For
The Year
The River
Going Under
The Old Self
The Body, Full of Bias
Being Apart
After the Body

Selected Poems

Aerial View of Louisiana (1979)

Aerial View of Louisiana
For Maria
As You Stalk the Sleep of My Forgetting
A Place of Another Name
Getting Out
Padre Island

The Bottom Land (1983)

Black Walnut
For Blue
Body, Earth, Water
Elegy for the Other
White Field
On the Twelfth of March
Fort Wall at Mytilene: Greece, 1921
Moon and Stars over Crete: For Alexandra
Body, Earth, Water: A Meditation

The Center for Cold Weather (1989)

Living Next Door to the Center for Cold Weather
In a White Absence
Dancer among the Constellations
To the Unborn
A Seasonal Record
Cleopatra Theodos
August Arrival
The Faithful

Guardian (1995)

Blues: Late August
Poem for Marriage
Who Knows
The Story
Seven Months
Not Writing
The Great Quiet
Mother's Day, 1993: Hearing That We Will Bomb Bosnia
The Perfect Service

What to Tip the Boatman? (2001)

The Owl
Old Trick
That Year
For Months
White Primer
"as if mad is a direction, like west . . ."
The Ruin
After Persephone
What to Tip the Boatman?
The Return
Persephone, Answering
Demeter the Pilgrim
Figure of Formal Loss: Pearl

White Sea (2005)

The Old Question
The Source
The Waiting
Moon Snail
Death of a Gull
Speech to the Self
The Release
White Morning
You Must Cross the Black River
Praise Him

Book of Dog (2012)

Ants Want My Yellow Moth
Song of If-Only
Their Chamber
Essential Tremor
In Lent
Book of Dog
Salt Water Ducks
Dune Shack
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Survival: A Guide

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