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Sakura Park

Sakura Park Rachel Wetzsteon

With this third collection, Rachel Wetzsteon continues to imprint American verse with her particular brand of smart, tart poems. These new pieces employ her remarkable formal agility in order to showcase an assortment of quarreling themes: learning and loss, autonomy and loneliness, love and work. The result is the rare book that is equal parts sass and sorrow.

Praise for the Book:
"Rachel Wetzsteon's inheritence from W. H. Auden. . .is nowhere more apparent than in her third collection. . . .Sakura Park is as much an ode to [New York City] as it is a documentation of love and loss, and Wetzsteon does a wonderful job playing the flaneur, portraying the multifarious sights and sounds of Manhattan."—Amy Newlove Schroeder, Boston Review

"For all of Wetzsteon's prosodic and emotional control, her poems never lack for red corpuscles. Far from damping emotion, her measured lines intensify it through the coiled anxiety and longing seamlessly controlled in them."—David Yezzi, Parnassus: Poetry in Review

About the author:
Rachel Wetzsteon is the author of two previous poetry collections, The Other Stars and Home and Away, and a book of criticism about W. H. Auden, Influential Ghosts: A Study of Auden's Sources. Her poems regularly appear in leading magazines and journals, among them The Nation, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. In 2001, Wetzsteon received the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at William Paterson University in New Jersey and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, and in New York City.

Original trade paperback/$16.50 (Can. $22.50)/ISBN 978-0-89255-324-2/112 pages/Poetry

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