Taking on the Local Color: Poems

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Wesleyan University Press, Jun 1, 2011 - Poetry - 80 pages
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Cynthia Genser's landscapes, like those of D.H. Lawrence, are analogues of human emotions; her men and women exist in their effects-prototypes one minute, passionate and distinctly visible individuals the next. Person and place invite the reader into an adventure that begins and ends everywhere.

The language employed throughout is voluptuous, sensuous, yet precise. The appeal is to all the senses as well as to reason and intelligence: the poems, seamed with a difficult, sweaty beauty, stimulate every pleasure center. But pure language play also leads to hard, intelligent sense.

Of her own work, Cynthia Genser has said, “Although I belong to no special school or group, I align my poetry with the work of others aiming their metaphors at the banality and reductionism of our world-at the terror or planned obsolescence, Vogue Magazine, the threat of nuclear warfare. I cannot agree more with the Marxist Henri Lefebvre that poetry is the enemy and eventual victor in the war against 'terrorism' and the terrorist society we now live in.”
 

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Contents

Fixed Foot
11
Confessions
17
Towards
24
Under a Green Blanket
30
Le Sorelle
37
Surfaces
39
Resorts
52
A stretch a long stretch
66
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About the author (2011)

CYNTHIA GENSER has lived and worked in New York and now resides in Seattle. Her poems have been published in several magazines and journals.

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