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These meditative, emotional poems courageously confront the fear and longing that surrounded Zweig's own death, the death of family members, and a dying love, with a postscript that includes several unfinished poems.
Paperback, 77 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Wesleyan
(first published June 1st 1985)
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Reading Zweig feels like taking a long sometimes grueling but mostly rapturous hike through an intense wilderness alone. This collection is all about nature -- the outdoor sort and the inner sort, meaning human nature, each at its most elemental and intimate -- flies, warts,and all, but not slighting the bliss.
A child opens his arms
in the summer heat. With eyes half closed,
He feels the life spilling inside him.
Small and pale on the grass,
He looks almost cruel, he is so happy.
The tree shakes, and ...more