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Poetry. The work in Mary Leader's third collection, BEYOND THE FIRE, does not conform to any one habitation, nor aesthetic persuasion, nor name. On the contrary, just about every poem invents its own territory and its own terms. Some poems are straightforward narratives, while others repeat spells and castings. Many are figural; some are classical; some even aspire to anonymity. The book is designed to range the globe and fathom the centuries, albeit, in the end, the poet's settlement is but a momentary locality. Yet, if the beings who dwell in this book did have an infinitive, it would be "to survive."
September 15, 2010
6.0 X 0.21 X 9.0 inches | 0.31 pounds
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About the Author
Mary Leader makes her home in Norman, Oklahoma, and is currently the Creative Writing Fellow for Poetry at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also lectures in law. Red Signature is her first book of poems.