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Red Rover is both the name of a children’s game and a formless spirit, a god of release and permission, called upon in the course of that game. The “red rover” is also a thread of desire, and a clue to the forces of love and antipathy that shape our fate. In her most innovative work to date, award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart remembers the antithetical forces—fall ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by University Of Chicago Press
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I enjoyed Stewart's previous two collections, but this one left me cold. There were some individual poems that I enjoyed, but her attempt to interconnect the poems through echo and image didn't work for me this time. On one level (the interconnecting of the poems)it is very comlex and probably brilliant, but that's the mechanical end of it, since at its heart the intent was to say something profound. On that front, I just felt as a whole that the collection was tedious and pretentious. Lots of s ...more
On first read, I had similar thoughts as those who felt like this book wasn't as revealing as earlier collections, but I grew to appreciate the fact that there is a lot more room here to breathe and absorb the individual moves of the poems. Overall I found this book just as surprising as Columbarium, and just as hard to stop thinking about, esp. when it came to "A Constant State of Gravitation," a portrait of line breaking, but also an incantation to the game that all poems require us to invent ...more
Stewart's imagery reminds me of many classic prayers and also anthems, but there is also a tremendous amount of play with image and word (as one might expect from a book of poetry titled after a game). Fable, myth, and ancient romance fly through the texts, and there are many poems that would be fruitful for small group discussions and worship, dream projects and spiritual classes.
Aug 24, 2010 Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets added it
Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Stewart's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading!