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Night Is Simply a Shadow

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Poetry. NIGHT IS SIMPLY A SHADOW is Greta Wrolstad's long-anticipated first full-length collection. From the expansive opening poem, "Notes on Sea and Shore," to the final "Fontaine de Vaucluse," Wrolstad navigates the metaphorical intersection of internal and external landscapes in writing that is lyrically rich, formally buoyant, and constantly inventive. NIGHT IS SIMPLY ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Tavern Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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TinHouseBooks
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Matthew Dickman (Poetry Editor): I have been reading Greta Wrolstad’s (1981-2005) posthumously published book of poems “Night is Simply a Shadow” (Tavern Books, 2013). This is an exciting collection of lyric narratives that engage in our physical world and illuminate our inner world: “Across the river/ a man weaves along the ties, his mouth gathered as if whistling./ It would be enough for his voice to reach me”. With this collection we are lucky that Wrolstad’s voice has reached us.
Layne
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection from Greta Wrolstad built a sense of a world with such clarity and depth of feeling. I dogeared almost every page. A work I’ll surely return to.
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It was the time of tenderness
How the world once seemed to adore us.
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The quiet almost-prosaic voice of 'Geography' is incredible. I love how she can turn lyrical nature poetry into philosophical introspection. She's best when she gives her poems this space (as in 'Geography'), as opposed to some of the other poems where the lyricism feels overcrowded and lacking variation or weight.

I found out at the end of the book that she had passed away, and that this collection was assembled from bits and pieces of her uncollected writings. Which is sad, but also, it makes m
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