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The Wave-Maker: Poems

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In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a deepening—birth, death, and transformation all pa ...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published July 1st 2008)
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If Elizabeth Spires' poetry collection, The Wave-Maker, presents a single image, it is something deceptively simple, like the flick of a blouse hanging on a clothesline. Difficult subject matter such as death, aging, and the meaning of life are examined by peering in to closely examine the minutiae. Here, life is made up of the smallest of things: the snowy hill, the snail's shell of a home, and how everyone needs a "a place to be quiet in."

Spires's poems are spare and airy. In "Story of a Soul,
Dec 31, 2012 Sebastian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You and I, we live in depths profound and ceaseless,
we swim against cold currents until, netted

and gasping, we are shocked to find out
not what we are, but what we have never been."

from "Coelacanth"
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A collection that sometimes falls flat, other times works well, but often just breaks even.
Oct 14, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this book. The language of the poems is accessible, but still holds many layers. This is a book I plan to enjoy reading and re-reading.
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Elizabeth Spires is the author of five collections of poetry as well as several books for children. She has been the recipient a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1998 she received the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Maryland Aut ...more
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