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.
“Rachel Wetzsteon's inheritance 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...”
—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
Rachel Wetzsteon is the author of the poetry collections Silver Roses, The Other Stars, and Home and Away, and a book of criticism about W. H. Auden, Influential Ghosts: A Study of Auden's Sources.
Paperback / $16.50 (Can $22.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-324-2 / 116 pages / Poetry
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