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Manderley: Poems

Poems by Rebecca Wolff
Copyright Date: 2001
Pages: 88
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    Selected by Robert Pinsky as one of five volumes published in 2001 in the National Poetry Series_x000B__x000B__x000B__x000B_In the Manderley of Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier's forbidding haven of mocking ghosts and secrets that refuse to remain buried, nothing is as it seems. So in this stunning debut collection by Rebecca Wolff, cities, partners, mothers, sisters, friends, and perfect strangers all disguise their true faces, while they who seek connection are "transported from one great gaping / hole in the fabric / of our knowledge to another." _x000B__x000B__x000B__x000B_No passage is too dark, no garden too tangled for the troubled dreamer of Manderley. Wolff turns a quicksilver gaze on a fluid world where both the real and the imaginary are transfigured. Tempering steely candor with a sophisticated delight in wordplay, these poems turn on a dime from the sensual to the eerie, the resigned to the hopeful, the comforting to the shocking. Each poem weaves together layers of dream, remembrance, and fantasy, distilling from romantic excess a gritty, spare language of truth-telling and surprise._x000B__x000B_

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09293-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[x])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [xi]-[xii])
    (pp. 1-64)

    Nobody lives in your sleep.

    Not in the dream you dream, for all your selves

    are represented in your dreaming, every character

    is you and you are too.

    We are a flock.

    And in your family

    you are everyone

    though now we dream of emigrating

    out of there. Maybe you all need

    each other now.

    Perhaps we kept her here. No one dies in your sleep,

    there is a rumor that if we dream

    of dying we do die. And if she died

    in their sleep then no one is the worse

    for passing in and out of states


  4. Back Matter
    (pp. 65-70)