Among the Monarchs

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University of Chicago Press, 2000 - Poetry - 49 pages
In poems of haunting lyricism, and in a voice wholly unlike any other American poet, Christine Garren's second book of poetry explores common themes such as love, loss, and family with an uncommon sensibility. Among the Monarchs is filled with unforgettable metaphors, unconventional and unpredictable juxtapositions, turns and angles of perception, and seductive free verse rhythms. Through all of this, Garren captivates readers in a unique exploration of the nature of desire, the raptures and burdens of love and loss, the peculiarities of family life and, perhaps most compelling, the power of poetic imagination to shape what we see and feel. At once engaging and disquieting, Among the Monarchs attests to the inexhaustible possibilities of lyric poetry.
 

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Garren's is a clear and unique voice, a rarity among university-sanctioned poets today. Her work is direct, sparse without being dry, and forceful without being obnoxious. While there may be little to ... Read full review

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Contents

The Bride
2
Early Memory
3
First Time
4
312
5
Love
6
Picnic
7
Monarchs
8
The Analyst
9
The Newlyweds
27
Small Things
28
Paperweight
29
Landscapes before Surgery
30
The Wolves
31
In the Garden
32
Figure and Ground
33
Janus
34

The Calf
10
The Skaters
11
Family
12
The Cemetery
13
The Underpass
14
First Love
15
Tristia
16
Solitaire
17
sulfur
18
An Account
19
The Tenant
20
Noon
21
A Dolls House
22
Picnic
23
The Biopsy
24
Cedar
25
The Kite
26
The Swan
35
Treeline
36
Trout
37
The Daydream
38
Solitaire
39
Fortunes
40
The Student
41
Picnic
42
Courtship
43
Apartment Complex
44
The Ruins
45
Warehouse
46
The Exercise
47
The Laboratory
48
Cake
49
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Christine Garren received her B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her first book of poems, Afterworld, also in the Phoenix Poets series, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry.

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