After the Body: New & Selected Poems


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$17.95  $16.69
Sarabande Books
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6.5 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Cleopatra Mathis was born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, and has lived in New England since 1980. She has published seven previous books of poems, most recently Book of Dog and White Sea, both from Sarabande Books. Her many awards and prizes include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her poems have appeared widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, Best American Poetry, and The Extraordinary Tide: Poetry by American Women. The founder of the creative writing program at Dartmouth College in 1982, she lives with her family in East Thetford, Vermont.


"Beginning with her astonishing first book, Aerial View of Louisiana, in 1979, and now with her moving and poignant group of new poems, Cleopatra Mathis has surveyed and charted with ever-increasing lyric concision and dramatic intensity 'the ritual ground work' of human need. From book to book, Mathis demonstrates how memory extends its 'first claim' to include not only the mythic richness of her childhood in Louisiana but also the contrasting and complicating joy and grief of her life in New England as a transplanted Southerner. The resolute heart and keen human insights found everywhere in After the Body: New and Selected Poems renew the 'claim' many readers of contemporary American poetry have made for decades, that Cleopatra Mathis is one of our most important and essential poets."-- Michael Collier