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The Hive: Poems (Contemporary Poetry Series)

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Susan Stewart's second collection of poetry.
Paperback, 61 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Univ of Georgia Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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I might always end up using The Forest as my reference for Stewart's work, and that's probably because it was the first book of hers I read. But what I was struck with in that book is the way that she used an arc that swept the full course of her book. In this case, I enjoy the different sections pointing to different ideas of message. First, the difficulty in finding the recipient, second the indeterminate trajectory, and finally the universal placement of message (even laundry on a line could ...more
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Susan Stewart (born 1952) is an American poet, university professor and literary critic.

Professor Stewart holds degrees from Dickinson College (B.A. in English and Anthropology), the Johns Hopkins University (M.F.A. in Poetics) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in Folklore). She teaches the history of poetry, aesthetics, and the philosophy of literature, most recently at Princeton Universi
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So when he kissed her finally
he was thinking about ashes

and the blacker rim just below
the edge of the ashtray,
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and the lips themselves, at the limit
of another darkness, farther
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Then the way the red,
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soon after that. Slowly at first,
but then all at once
at the scalloped brown corners of each;

like the ruff of an offended and darkening bird,
extended, then folded
in on itself; multiple,

stiffening, gone.”
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