Winner of the 2000 Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets.
Rebecca Wee's award-winning debut is a moody and lyrical mosaic where the reader is presented multiple and simultaneous points of reality. As line after line gathers details from the world, Wee's poems build in momentum, give voice to the silenced, and explore the poet's impulse to create art that transcends suffering.
Rebecca Wee is a professor of creative writing at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. A former editor of The Minnesota Review, she earned her MFA from George Mason University and has received several awards for her poetry.
Pont des Arts
She's bent in a posture of anguish or prayer
Head down, a stained knit cap
Someone veers past with a friend
The mothers miss how their daughters' eyes catch them--
A terrible knowledge passes between them,
before the polished child rushes past but looks back
the sunblown silent one
A man rides a bicycle into town. He's forgotten his clothes,
Apartments of old stone list, iron balconies, awnings,
His lip perspires, his eyes intent.
The man has a book under his arm. The pages are gilt-edged, the title
The road turns. A black sedan rounds the corner
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