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Cleave: Poems

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
In Cleave, the deep ambiguities of Pushcart Prize nominee Moira Egan's work 'are embodied in the economy of the title: both to cling and to separate, the contrasting impulses to "hold Love tight in a sonnet," and to become a reverse Penelope, who walks out the door of the happy ending, abandoning the rooted bed. Lines linger with the reader, so that "all day you are remind ...more
Hardcover, 68 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Washington Writers' Publishing House (first published September 2004)
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Sherry Chandler
Moira Egan’s poetry is lush. Like fine dark chocolate, it satisfies the tongue.

Cleave explores the meanings of the word from “to make one’s way by cutting” through “to cling to or hold fast.” The exploration leads us from Sappho to James Merrill, includes forms as complex as the sestina and the sonnet crown, and dips frequently into myth, difficult for a modern poet.

Even a poem about a lugging a clunky old Underwood typewriter out of the basement leads to myth:

Some labors are harder. Imagine
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Jason Simms
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Allison
Skillfully put together. Beautiful poems. Egan plays with forms (some sestinas and sonnets and this always makes me happy). And the cover has one of my favorite paintings ever.
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