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Squares and Courtyards: Poems

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Marilyn Hacker is one of America's best-known and beloved poets. Her well-wrought, formalist meditations on everyday life, history, illness, and womanhood -- among other topics -- have won her nearly every major poetry prize and a devoted readership the world over. Her new collection, Squares and Courtyards, opens with these lines:

Is it the boy in me who's looking out


Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2000)
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Mar 11, 2016 Kate Savage rated it really liked it
Sometimes the squares and courtyards are the parks and private property of New York and Paris. Then my attention wanders.

Sometimes the squares and courtyards are the empty spaces left behind when a person who is loved dies. Frames for an absence. Then I listen. Hacker is an incredible poet about death. Even when she's desperately trying to write about anything else:

"It’s easier to talk about politics
than to allow the terror that shares
both of our bedrooms to find words."

I loved the form of "Pa
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I saw this book at a park in Beverly for 5 dollars, and automatically picked it up to buy it. A local bookstore was having a book sale in the park, and there were books and books and books spread all over half a dozen tables. I bought 5 books that day, and this book was one of them.
Marilyn Hacker is a National Book Award winning poet who splits her time between New York City and Paris, who has released something like 13 collections of poetry in her career. She attended NYU when she was a teenage
These poems were boring. I read to the middle of the book and didn't find anything I liked.
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Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator, critic, and professor of English.

Her books of poetry include Presentation Piece (1974), which won the National Book Award, Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (1986), and Going Back to the River (1990). In 2009, Hacker won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for King of a Hundred Horsemen by Marie Étienne, which also garnered the first R
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