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In accessible poems full of rich detail and painterly images, Maura Stanton looks under the surface of the ordinary, hoping to find the magic spark below the visible. From elephants in Ceylon to Nazi prisoners in Ireland, she takes fragments of history and geography to construct her own image of immortality.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published June 18th 2008 by University of Illinois Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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Immortal Sofa is another book by Maura Stanton that I am disappointed by. It is better than Life Among the Trolls but is not as good as Snow on Snow or Cries of Swimmers. There were some good poems in the book, but there were a lot of poems that I didn't like that much. I don't like Stanton's formal poetry. It seems like I am always seeing Stanton's prose poems (which are great) published in literary magazines, but I haven't seen any of them published in any of her books that I've read (I think ...more
One of Stanton's most impressive traits is her chameleon-like ability to assume a wide range of voices. The reflective voice of a doomed insect in "Dead Moth in a Bottle of Mineral Water", an exultant deity in "God's Ode to Creation", and the aging speaker in "The Milk of Human Kindness" are a few examples of her virtuoso talent with language. The point of view in this collection succeeds at striking a superb balance between even-handedness and passion that tethers the work tighter to an accurat ...more