Hyacinth for the Soul: Poems

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Deerbrook Editions, 2009 - Poetry - 87 pages
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Poetry. "These passionate, caring poems range seamlessly from personal lyric to public outcry, from a pair of well-turned pantoums of childhood memories to a poem that rewrites the liturgy of a responsive reading from the Passover service. Siegel knows how to go for the small specific details that illuminate even the darkest subjects"--Maxine Kumin. "HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL is a beautifully well-worked piece of imagination: ironic, lyrical, and elegant. Siegel's poems so often begin in daily living, poems that value the very simple or modest: what 'abides' or 'suffices.' Sometimes somber, and sometimes happy, her poems shoot out into the cosmos and let us look at our living from that vantage. There are the pleasures of metaphor, where the parts of an idea suddenly condense or burst into a completely new structure that we recognize immediately: the 'shape turning in the flame'"--Rosemary Deen.

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Contents

The Bronx
13
Space Time Travel
14
Memory
15
The Horse
17
19
19
SleepWalker
20
January Thaw
21
Perennial
22
Bedside
35
Washing My Daughters Hair
36
Persephone 1939
37
Hyacinth for the Soul
38
Imago
39
Night Travel
40
Lager
41
Rag Man of Middletown
42

Savings
23
II
25
Eurydice in the Underworld
27
Travel Directions
31
First Words
32
Wild Columbine
33
How We Look After Each Other
34
Glass
43
Night School
44
Migrant Mother 1936
45
Daughters
46
To My Husband
47
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About the author (2009)

Joan I. Siegel is recipient of the 1999 New Letters Poetry Prize and the 1998 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. Professor Emeritus of English at SUNY/Orange, she lives in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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