A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014 (Hardcover)

A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014 By Marilyn Hacker Cover Image
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Longlisted for the National Book Award

A selection of poems that addresses the quotidian and the global, from one of our most essential poets.

Drawing on two decades worth of award-winning poetry, Marilyn Hacker’s generous selections in A Stranger’s Mirror include work from four previous volumes along with twenty-five new poems, ranging in locale from a solitary bedroom to a refugee camp.

In a multiplicity of voices, Hacker engages with translations of French and Francophone poets. Her poems belong to an urban world of cafés, bookshops, bridges, traffic, demonstrations, conversations, and solitudes. From there, Hacker reaches out to other sites and personas: a refugee camp on the Turkish/Syrian border; contrapuntal monologues of a Palestinian and an Israeli poet; intimate and international exchanges abbreviated on Skype—perhaps with gunfire in the background.

These poems course through sonnets and ghazals, through sapphics and syllabics, through every historic-organic pattern, from renga to rubaiyat to Hayden Carruth’s “paragraph.” Each is also an implicit conversation with the poets who came before, or who are writing as we read.

A Stranger’s Mirror is not meant only for poets. These poems belong to anyone who has sought in language an expression and extension of his or her engagement with the world—far off or up close as the morning’s first cup of tea.

About the Author

Marilyn Hacker is the author of nineteen volumes of poems, including A Stranger’s Mirror, longlisted for the National Book Award, and A Different Distance (with Karthika Nair). Her numerous honors include the National Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the Robert Fagles Translation Prize, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. She lives in Paris, France.

Praise For…

Stands as a textured but unified testament to [Hacker’s] output over the past two decades.
— Publishers Weekly

[Hacker] remains an undisputed master of formal verse… one of the most extraordinary innovative poets writing today. No other poet manages the casual pyrotechnics she accomplishes in form.
— Carol Muske-Duke - Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393244649
ISBN-10: 0393244644
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 12th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English