Names: Poems (Paperback)

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“[Hacker] powerfully brings her formal mastery and her political sensibility together.”—American Poet

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 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…

Hacker will be remembered for her instinct to balance what’s fraught with what’s reassuring. Hence her nimble, graceful yoking of war, exile, and the persistence of human hatred with our desire to see sunrise and sunset, to tear a bite of bread from the loaf.
— Marilyn Krysl - Women’s Review of Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393339673
ISBN-10: 039333967X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2011
Pages: 112
Language: English