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The Second Blush: Poems
 
 
Author
Molly Peacock.
Publisher Norton  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
ISBN 9780393337679
Pages/Publication Date 85/2008
Daedalus Item Code 21041
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Again demonstrating the "luxuriantly sensual imagination" (Washington Post) last seen in Molly Peacock's Cornucopia, this sixth book of her poetry celebrates marriage and a two-track life with the man who became her husband. As teenage sweethearts separated by other obligations, they found each other again at midlife. Unafraid as always to look hard at the flaws in human relationships, Peacock embarks on what the New Republic has called a "bold exploration of terrain traditionally considered taboo."

"Peacock's compact philosophical meditations ... transcend their mundane origins with assured eloquence and an almost startling subtlety."Library Journal

"Poems that rhyme, what joy. Homey poems about an unexpected late marriage to the calm man a shy boy from the past became, what bliss. Sweet poems of bed, cats, and kitchen time that abruptly crack open to reveal the chasm of fear and loss: powerful stuff. Peacock is in peak form in these seductive poems that swing and twirl so prettily, then suddenly, deviously, shockingly carom from contentment to despair and back again, just like life. And how spangled and vivid each domestic scene is, how electric with feelings and shadowed by death, like paintings by Bonnard or Vuillard. Because cancer made the marriage seem 'a doomed possibility,' because the poet is confronting the haunting absence of a beloved cat, a smashed cup, a scar, dreams of epic cold and a dead sister. But then there is also a 'jeweled' drop of water. A surprising kiss. A yoga pose and its 'lunging beauty.' Peacock is valiant, trenchant, funny, and on point."Booklist

 
 
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