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Red Rover

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Red Rover is both the name of a children’s game and a formless spirit, a god of release and permission, called upon in the course of that game. The “red rover” is also a thread of desire, and a clue to the forces of love and antipathy that shape our fate. In her most innovative work to date, award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart remembers the antithetical forces—fall ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by University of Chicago Press
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C. Varn
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The juxtapositions and give/take of forms paired with highly allusive themes in lyric and accessible language, keep Stewart's collection engaging. Accessible in language, but elliptical in themes and allusions, dynamic in its energy, but sometimes stayed in the concerns, Steward operates as a master of whiplash. Highly allusive, rich in images from the natural world--often Steward uses short lines and concrete imaginary, although the declarative will interrupt at moments adding texture and a nat ...more
Alarie
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I’m bewitched. These poems swoop, soar, propel you into the cosmos, and pull you underground. The language is accessible, but meaning often alludes me. That usually annoys me in poetry, but Stewart, from the very first poem, brought me under her spell. Her use of language is musical, mystical, enchanting. She gives us visions, dreams, childhood games, and familiar stories (e.g., Adam and Eve). Some poems are less ethereal, easier to grasp. Yet, when I'm most lost, I'm still absorbing some ineffa ...more
Amanda Moore
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Was really surprised and delighted by the sounds of this book.
Lisa Rector
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Favorite poems are - The Owl, My Mother's Garden, Shadowplay, Tag, Red Rover, and The Cool of the Evening.
Steve
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed Stewart's previous two collections, but this one left me cold. There were some individual poems that I enjoyed, but her attempt to interconnect the poems through echo and image didn't work for me this time. On one level (the interconnecting of the poems)it is very comlex and probably brilliant, but that's the mechanical end of it, since at its heart the intent was to say something profound. On that front, I just felt as a whole that the collection was tedious and pretentious. Lots of s ...more
Naomi
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Stewart's imagery reminds me of many classic prayers and also anthems, but there is also a tremendous amount of play with image and word (as one might expect from a book of poetry titled after a game). Fable, myth, and ancient romance fly through the texts, and there are many poems that would be fruitful for small group discussions and worship, dream projects and spiritual classes.
Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets
Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Stewart's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading!
Mark
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poems-poetry
This was alright. I certainly liked it better than the last book of poetry that I read, Falling Higher. Still, not that many poems individually caught my eye.

I would try another book of hers if I came across it.
Kathleen
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love Susan Stewart, but this collection didn't grab me until I reached the sonnet sequence "In the Western World," which I thought was terrific.
rinabeana
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, poetry
Did not particularly enjoy the first reading. We'll see if it improves on reflection. [I bumped it up to a three, though I was not impressed with the entire body of work.]
Claudia
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Well-crafted work. Bring your scholarly self to this read.
Jeremy Allan
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I'm going to have to read this again, sometime in the future, before I can go about the process of giving it the bogus and arbitrary star rating.
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Susan Stewart (born 1952) is an American poet, university professor and literary critic.

Professor Stewart holds degrees from Dickinson College (B.A. in English and Anthropology), the Johns Hopkins University (M.F.A. in Poetics) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in Folklore). She teaches the history of poetry, aesthetics, and the philosophy of literature, most recently at Princeton Universi
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