By Mary Stewart Hammond

ISBN-10: 0393253961

ISBN-13: 9780393253962

Lyrical narratives that chronicle a protracted marriage, wealthy with wit, darkish irony, and poignancy.

In her long-awaited moment quantity, Mary Stewart Hammond chronicles a protracted marriage with sharp wit, darkish irony, and poignancy. As James Merrill says of Hammond’s poems, they “brim with what the full international knows.”

Entering History opens on a middle-aged couple, modern day tourists in an historical environment. the gathering follows their courting via time and position, combining the non-public and the old in tales of the family—siblings, a daughter, and the very assorted marriage of the poet’s parents.

The marriage poems percentage the intimacy, erotic playfulness, irritations, concerns, and angers which are a part of a permanent love and an extended marriage. In “Portrait of My Husband interpreting Henry James,” the poet paints her husband utilizing syntax and language that evoke James’s. In “Venasque,” the wintry village, perched at the fringe of a cliff, serves as a metaphor for the existential obstacle dealing with the couple.

“Lines composed at Beaufort, South Carolina, a number of miles above Parris Island,” in regards to the poet’s brother, strikes from side to side among the Civil struggle and the arrangements of troops for today’s wars. In “Jacob and Esau with Sister,” brothers, in a transaction as previous as oral heritage, spotlight its results within the twenty-first century. “Anniversary” is a heartbreaking elegy for a 3rd brother who kills himself.

Hammond reaches into the earlier and current of the yankee kinfolk, ultimate Entering History the place it all started, with the couple in mattress, now older, harkening again to the mattress they shared after they have been newlyweds. those robust, superbly crafted, lyrical narratives supply intensity to an exam of life—its joys, sorrows, laughter, and tragedies.

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