Bestiary [Paperback]

Item : Bestiary [Paperback]
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Category : Books
Author Author : Paschen, Elise
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1597091316
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781597091312
Publisher Publisher : Red Hen Press
Pages Pages : 80
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100051082

“The poems in Elise Paschen’sBestiaryexplore domestic preoccupations set against the backdrop of the wild-heartedness, real and imagined, of the animal world,” praises the poet Jason Shinder.  In this modern-dayBestiary, or “Book of Beasts,” the line between animal and human is thinly-drawn – the daughter of a Celtic king, through love, is transformed from beast to human; lovers take flight as moon and owl; manatees transform, before the explorers’ eyes, into mermaids. This dynamic runs throughout the collection: taking flight, hovering between air and earth, plunging, and then resurfacing from water. The poems create a constant engagement between what tethers us to our daily lives – marriage, motherhood, raising a family, the loss of parents in old age –and the desire for other worlds. Exploring notions of transformation, these poems cross thresholds between animal and human, between death and life.  

Award-winning poet, Elise Paschen, creates in her third and most complex poetry collection, work which is elegant and passionate, preternaturally still and reckless all at once.  Paschen displays a variety of form and nuance – from ghazals to long-lined free verse poems. Writing out of a distinct Western literary tradition, but tapping into her Native American (Osage) roots, Paschen celebrates the mythic, the unusual, the magical glimpsed in the everyday.

Can a book so attached to death be filled with so much life?  The answer is yes andBestiaryproves it!   It is focused also on form and light and wonder; a fine song of praise to living things.  All praise to this brave poet and these brave poems!

---Lucille Clifton

WithBestiaryElise Paschen comes into her own strength as a poet, taking on the two great subjects of lyric poetry, love and death. This volume beautifully contains its oppositel“Ú

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