May Day: Poems

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Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Graywolf Press
Publish Date
May 03, 2016
Pages
80
Dimensions
6.9 X 0.2 X 8.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781555977399
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About the Author

Gretchen Marquette has published poems in Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review, and Tin House. She lives and teaches in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Reviews

Lovely, dark, haunted, and haunting. . . . [Marquette s] subjects childhood memories of a brother and bracing visions of him on military deployment overseas; hungering, fragile love; the very nature of human experience are so carefully handled, with such resolve and resignation. . . . Readers will remember this book. "Publishers Weekly"

"Startlingly original. . . . Marquette's beautiful and macabre images have the feel of a classic fairy tale." "Star Tribune "

Why am I so ungainly with love / after all the loving I ve done? asks Gretchen Marquette in this beautiful and disquieting new collection The spring celebration of "May Day" becomes and is simultaneously the distress cry. It is as if in these pages Marquette has learned to wear her heart outside of her body. The alertness, precision, and vulnerability of these poems are astonishing. Mary Szybist
In this somber, well-crafted debut volume, Gretchen Marquette has constructed an arresting study of absence and loss It is the true sign of a poet that, out of this landscape, Marquette has carved a commanding, deeply felt book. Lynn Emanuel

"May Day" is a book of great delicacy of observation and noticing, but one that interrogates feeling with rigor, intelligence, and a radiant imagination. Mark Wunderlich

In this delicate, soulful collection, the countless arresting facts of our universe--the size of galaxies, the nesting habits of cardinals, the cottonwood's serrated leaves are felt as intimately as the loss of love or worry about a brother gone to war. . . Alternating between narrative prose poems and brief, breathier lines, the book plumbs the depths of love and grief with attention and tenderness. Mairead Small Staid, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI"

The poems [in "May Day"] plumb stories of lost love and anxiety, but each unearths glimpses of life s wonder. Euan Kerr, MPR

Lovely, dark, haunted, and haunting. . . . [Marquette s] subjects childhood memories of a brother and bracing visions of him on military deployment overseas; hungering, fragile love; the very nature of human experience are so carefully handled, with such resolve and resignation. . . . Readers will remember this book. "Publishers Weekly"

"Startlingly original. . . . Marquette's beautiful and macabre images have the feel of a classic fairy tale." "Star Tribune "

Impressive. "Largehearted Boy "

Why am I so ungainly with love / after all the loving I ve done? asks Gretchen Marquette in this beautiful and disquieting new collection The spring celebration of "May Day" becomes and is simultaneously the distress cry. It is as if in these pages Marquette has learned to wear her heart outside of her body. The alertness, precision, and vulnerability of these poems are astonishing. Mary Szybist
In this somber, well-crafted debut volume, Gretchen Marquette has constructed an arresting study of absence and loss It is the true sign of a poet that, out of this landscape, Marquette has carved a commanding, deeply felt book. Lynn Emanuel

"May Day" is a book of great delicacy of observation and noticing, but one that interrogates feeling with rigor, intelligence, and a radiant imagination. Mark Wunderlich

In this delicate, soulful collection, the countless arresting facts of our universe--the size of galaxies, the nesting habits of cardinals, the cottonwood's serrated leaves are felt as intimately as the loss of love or worry about a brother gone to war. . . Alternating between narrative prose poems and brief, breathier lines, the book plumbs the depths of love and grief with attention and tenderness. Mairead Small Staid, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI"

"The poems [in May Day] plumb stories of lost love and anxiety, but each unearths glimpses of life's wonder." --Euan Kerr, MPR

"Lovely, dark, haunted, and haunting. . . . [Marquette's] subjects--childhood memories of a brother and bracing visions of him on military deployment overseas; hungering, fragile love; the very nature of human experience--are so carefully handled, with such resolve and resignation. . . . Readers will remember this book."--Publishers Weekly

"Startlingly original. . . . Marquette's beautiful and macabre images have the feel of a classic fairy tale."--Star Tribune

"Impressive."--Largehearted Boy

"'Why am I so ungainly with love / after all the loving I've done?' asks Gretchen Marquette in this beautiful and disquieting new collection... The spring celebration of May Day becomes--and is simultaneously--the distress cry. It is as if in these pages Marquette has learned to wear 'her heart outside of her body.' The alertness, precision, and vulnerability of these poems are astonishing."--Mary Szybist

"In this somber, well-crafted debut volume, Gretchen Marquette has constructed an arresting study of absence and loss... It is the true sign of a poet that, out of this landscape, Marquette has carved a commanding, deeply felt book."--Lynn Emanuel

"May Day is a book of great delicacy of observation and noticing, but one that interrogates feeling with rigor, intelligence, and a radiant imagination."--Mark Wunderlich

"In this delicate, soulful collection, the countless arresting facts of our universe--the size of galaxies, the nesting habits of cardinals, the cottonwood's serrated leaves--are felt as intimately as the loss of love or worry about a brother gone to war. . . Alternating between narrative prose poems and brief, breathier lines, the book plumbs the depths of love and grief with attention and tenderness."--Mairead Small Staid, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI