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Stroke Sidney Wade

Political outrage rustles the high grasses of these ingenious, boisterous poems, alternately set in the lush ecologies of the Florida panhandle and the Aegean coast. Sidney Wade’s poems are keen social and political commentaries dressed in the costumes of the pastoral, of light verse, and, to great effect, of allegory. Throughout Stroke, Wade displays a fascination for language as a living and growing thing with an unprecedented capacity for mischief and coercion. This collection represents an increasingly rare accomplishment: a poetry that is at once high-spirited and deadly serious.

Praise for the Book:
"Sidney Wade's imagination is as powerful as any American poet's since Wallace Stevens. The poems in her fifth collection, Stroke, are apocalyptically cheerful elegies for the body politic. They sometimes sound like an arts section taking back material (and a mood) long abandoned to the science or front pages . . . Having enlarged her scope with each collection, [Wade is] becoming something of an oracle of the outlook for intelligence and happiness. Here's hoping more and more readers come to consult her."—Jordan Davis, Slate

"Stroke . . . balances weighty topics (such as the denial of rights or the death of a friend) atop seemingly insubstantial forms . . . The success of this uneven pairing—delicate forms with not-so-delicate subjects—lies in Wade’s light touch, inherited perhaps from Marianne Moore who had her own penchant for animal poems."—ForeWord

"[In] this luminous little book. . .Wade offers elegant, backlit poems that float like bubbles but are more substantial."—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

About the Author:
Sidney Wade is the author of four previous poetry collections, and has published poems and translations from the Turkish in numerous periodicals, including The American Scholar, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry. She lives in Gainesville, where she is Professor of English at the University of Florida.

Original Trade Paperback / $14.00 (Can. $14.00) / ISBN 978-089255-337-2 80 pages / Poetry

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