Names: Poems (Hardcover)

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“Hacker is, to use a trite term, a major poet. More than that she is exciting and true.”—George Szirtes

In Names, Marilyn Hacker juxtaposes glimpses of contemporary lives with dialogues undertaken in signal poetic voices. Using her signature wit, passion, and mastery of received and invented forms, she convinces us to believe in a world made possible by language—prescient, playful, polyglot, and often breathtaking.

from “Ghazal: The Beloved”:

Lines that grapple doubt, written because of the beloved:

when grief subsides, what survives the loss of the beloved?

Your every declaration is suspect.

That was, at least, the departing gloss of the beloved.

Were you merely a servant of the state

or (now you give the coin a toss) of the beloved?

How pure you were, resistant in an orchard.

Peace with justice: the cause of the beloved.

About the Author

Marilyn Hacker is the recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the Robert Fagles Translation Prize, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Her collection Winter Numbers received a Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Paris, France.

Praise For…

Reminiscent of the work of Richard Wilbur and Hayden Carruth, this new book will appeal to readers with a love of lyrical and elegant language.
— Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393072181
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2009
Pages: 112
Language: English