By Mary Stewart Hammond
Lyrical narratives that chronicle an extended marriage, wealthy with wit, darkish irony, and poignancy.
In her long-awaited moment quantity, Mary Stewart Hammond chronicles a protracted marriage with sharp wit, darkish irony, and poignancy. As James Merrill says of Hammond’s poems, they “brim with what the complete global knows.”
Entering History opens on a middle-aged couple, modern day tourists in an historical environment. the gathering follows their courting via time and position, combining the private and the ancient in tales of the family—siblings, a daughter, and the very diversified marriage of the poet’s parents.
The marriage poems percentage the intimacy, erotic playfulness, irritations, concerns, and angers which are a part of a permanent love and a protracted marriage. In “Portrait of My Husband interpreting Henry James,” the poet paints her husband utilizing syntax and language that evoke James’s. In “Venasque,” the wintry village, perched at the fringe of a cliff, serves as a metaphor for the existential trouble dealing with the couple.
“Lines composed at Beaufort, South Carolina, a couple of miles above Parris Island,” concerning the poet’s brother, strikes from side to side among the Civil battle and the arrangements of troops for today’s wars. In “Jacob and Esau with Sister,” brothers, in a transaction as previous as oral heritage, spotlight its outcomes within the twenty-first century. “Anniversary” is a heartbreaking elegy for a 3rd brother who kills himself.
Hammond reaches into the earlier and current of the yank family members, last Entering History the place it all started, with the couple in mattress, now older, harkening again to the mattress they shared once they have been newlyweds. those robust, fantastically crafted, lyrical narratives provide intensity to an exam of life—its joys, sorrows, laughter, and tragedies.
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