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A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Drawing on two decades worth of award-winning poetry, Marilyn Hackers generous selections in A Strangers Mirror include work from four previous volumes along with twenty-five new poems, ranging in locale from a solitary bedroom to a refugee camp.


In a multiplicity of voices, Hacker engages with translations of French and Francophone poets. Her poems belong to an urban world
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by W. W. Norton Company (first published January 12th 2015)
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Reij Rosello
Thank you Steve, thank you Jill



The Boy (p. 104)

Is it the boy in me who's looking out
the window, while someone across the street
mends a pillowcase, clouds shift, the gutterspout
pours rain, someone else lights a cigarette?

(Because he flinched, because he didn't whirl
around, face them, because he didn't hurl
the challenge back --"Fascists?" -- not "Faggots"--"Swine!"
he briefly wonders--if he were a girl...)
He writes a line. He crosses out a line.

[...]
E.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two things stand out about this poetry collection. First is the way that she works within a wide variety of traditional forms--sonnet crown, ghazal, glose, pantoum, etc.--yet does not write stuffy poetry. I'm rarely drawn to poetry this structured, yet hers has a vitality.

Second is the international flavor of her work. She is an American Jewish lesbian living in France who has studied Arabic language and literature. The new poems that begin this collection are written in response to recent
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I read this because it was nominated for the National Book Award for poetry in 2015.

This volume is not collected poems of Marilyn Hacker, but still a pretty significant collection spanning from 1994 to previously unpublished works, and also some of her translations. You would think it would be hard to find anything to join these together, but I think most of the time Hacker is talking about identity in the face of disease, distress, and loss. Her newer poems struggle with immigration and losing
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Leonard
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of poems by Marilyn Hacker that I've read, and I will definitely be looking for more of her work. She has an unusual style of writing the distinguished her from many other poets, and her poems are rich and provocative,
Robin Dilks
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a poetry fan and found the authors included in this book worth reading. Poetry being selective to the reader I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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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
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