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Honey with Tobacco

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ISBN-10: 0226069672

ISBN-13: 9780226069678

Edition: 2007

Authors: Peg Boyers

List price: $16.00
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"Pieta " This time the migraine came with a vision bathed in night sweat: I was sitting on the Eames chair, your man's body on my lap, legs and arms white as casein draped over mine, spilling onto the cassock, new sores on your legs, dried blood on your feet and hands, from your chalk mouth the word "forgive me, "from mine, the impossible "no " "Hard Bread", " "Peg Boyers's debut poetry collection, with verse spoken in the imagined voice of the Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg, was widely praised for its inspired ventriloquism and its brilliant lyricism. In "Honey with Tobacco", Boyers's own intensely personal voice emerges in three strikingly distinctive variants. The first part of the book is the most explicitly autobiographical, bringing together poems that explore the poet's Cuban American experience and a childhood marked by travel, the tropics, and varieties of disenchantment. The middle sequence of poems concerns a mother, a father, and a son, a postmodern holy family whose ordeals are evoked in a terse, terrifying narrative. In familiar tableaux drawn from the Bible that have inspired great works of art--the Annunciation, the Pieta, and Judgment Day--Boyers explores what it means in contemporary America to be "blessed among women" and whether and how art can containgrief. The final section of the book confronts age, desire, and regret in a series of personal poems that plumb baser human instincts and the speakers' determination to dwell in darkness, when necessary, without abandoning the sacred. Praise for "Hard Bread" "A great achievement of poetic voice . . . . It's absolutely clear what these poems are 'about, ' and they are unapologetic in their devotion to subject, clarity, precision, and accessibility."--Steven Cramer, "Poetry"
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 8.50" wide x 5.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198

Acknowledgments
Honey with Tobacco
La Tuveria or An Earring's Lament
Machine of Regret
Agua de Violetas
Tobacco
Playa Colorada
Family Portrait
Mantilla
Transition: Inheriting Maps
Abanico Habanero
Deposition
Before Losing You at the Market, Finding You in the Temple
The Effects of Intemperance
Sacra Conversazione
Annunciation
Palm Sunday
Agony in the Garden
Deposition
The Bad Thief is a Mother
Pieta
Cup
Judgment Day
Lamentation
Genuine Repose During the Flight from Egypt
Catch
Time Orders Old Age to Destroy Beauty
Bitch Diary
Pentecost: Waiting
Forty Days