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Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems

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In poems humorous and daring, forthright and wise, Molly Peacock returns in this collection to the landscape of North American poetry she has helped create—the investigation of love in all its manifestations. In the new poems, she takes us to the Land of the Shí, a world reached not by going but by staying.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2002)
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christopher leibow
Mar 26, 2008 christopher leibow rated it really liked it
Cornucopia, is a collection of poems that demonstrate a great precision, and a conscious awareness of being without being overly conscious. Peacock’s precision isn’t necessarily the precision of a simple observational detail, but the precision of the interrelations of objects to each other.
"Repair" is a powerful poem in observing the relation we have with the broken objects of meaning. The breaking the “toy box”, and “the clock” at first blush, seem the betray our clumsy attempts for knowledge a
Joanne Merriam
Jan 01, 2012 Joanne Merriam rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to see Molly Peacock read at Vanderbilt University from this book in October 2010. She’s tremendously expressive. One of the audience members asked about the performance aspect of her poetry and she said that somebody (a voice coach? I think?) had asked why she only uses the middle register of her voice when she reads, and it was like a light went on and now she uses all registers. She read “Aubade” (one of my favourites) and talked about how “A Favor of Love” was a true story (r ...more
Christina Bouwens
Aug 03, 2011 Christina Bouwens rated it it was amazing
Beautifully conversational yet profound reflections on spirituality, family issues (esp. parents - alcoholism/abuse), and romantic love. Peacock is a new fave of mine, and initially drew me with her poem "Why I Am Not a Buddhist" - poignant expression on the issue of suffering and desire -- really, aren't they the same issue (This poem makes me ask the question). I'm also now reading her bio. "Paradise: Piece by Piece." Maybe more on that another time. But really, check out Molly Peacock. You wi ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
I started reading this collection from poet Molly Peacock months ago, and then lost track of it on my shelf. I wanted to return to it before the year was over...and stayed up past midnight tonight sampling Peacock's work, both "recent" (well, 2002) and selected (from as far back as 1975: what she and/or her editor consider her "greatest hits," I imagine).

I loved some, but there were others that just left me staring at the page, thinking huh?. I tended to like the later poems better, such as "Co
Sherry Chandler
Sep 20, 2007 Sherry Chandler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody in the whole wide world
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A friend once said to me, "Molly Peacock is a force of nature." It is so.
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Poetry Readers Ch...: Cornucopia 3 4 Jan 12, 2012 04:48PM  
Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet, biographer, memoirist, and New Yorker transplanted to Toronto, her adopted city.

Her latest work of nonfiction is THE PAPER GARDEN: MRS. DELANY BEGINS HER LIFE'S WORK AT 72, a Canadian bestseller and an Economist Book of the Year, published in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Her most recent collection of poems is THE SECOND BLUSH (W.W. N
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