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Desesperanto: Poems 1999-2002

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Marilyn Hacker's voice is unique in its intelligence, urbanity, its deployment of an elegiac humor, its weaving of literary sources into the fabric and vocabulary of ordinary life, its archaeology of memory. Desesperanto refines the themes of loss, exile, and return that have consistently informed her work. The title itself is a wordplay combining the Spanish word esperant ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 2003)
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Jenna
While some may find the veeeeery frequent liberties that Hacker takes with stress placement in metrical forms to be somewhat distracting, the narrative force of medium-length poems like the WWII-shadowed "A Farewell to the Finland Woman" and "Vendanges" is a surprisingly satisfying compensation:

Two thousand orphans, real ones and children of
Jewish deported parents, so you and your
     ill-sorted Red Cross wartime colleagues
     made it your business to feed and save them.

Blackout: You hacked up
...more
Glenn
Jul 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
In her poetry, Marilyn Hacker takes great risks with language; playing and bending words, sentences and meaning, using unusual words or constructions, pushing against constraints until the limits of the poem give in to her, without every seeming to lose control, all to wring the maximum possible sense and meaning from her lines. In her poems that utilize form, she shows how boundaries and limits free the artist, each line of a poem another facet of a finely-honed jewel, with nothing wasted, noth ...more
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May 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
i love hacker, and if the first poem (dedicated to june jordan) doesn't knock you off your socks - man, i don't know. also, all her poems to her other poet friends - i love the incestuousness (marie ponsot, hayden carruth, etc.).
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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 R
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