Margaret Atwood

Morning in the Burned House

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These beautifully crafted poems — by turns dark, playful, intensely moving, tender, and intimate — make up Margaret Atwood's most accomplished and versatile gathering to date, " setting foot on the middle ground / between body and word." Some draw on history, some on myth, both classical and popular. Others, more personal, concern themselves with love, with the fragility of the natural world, and with death, especially in the elegiac series of meditations on the death of a parent. But they also inhabit a contemporary landscape haunted by images of the past. Generous, searing, compassionate, and disturbing, this poetry rises out of human experience to seek a level between luminous memory and the realities of the everyday, between the capacity to inflict and the strength to forgive.
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    el día que fuimos libroshas quoted7 months ago
    But the trick is just to hold on

    through all appearances; and so we do,

    and yes, I know it’s you;

    and that is what we will come to, sooner

    or later, when it’s even darker

    than it is now, when the snow is colder,

    when it’s darkest and coldest

    and candles are no longer any use to us

    and the visibility is zero: Yes.

    It’s still you. It’s still you

    Shapechangers in Winter

    el día que fuimos libroshas quoted7 months ago
    I used to say I’d know you anywhere,

    but it’s getting harder.

    Shapechangers in Winter

    el día que fuimos libroshas quoted7 months ago
    Every cell

    in our bodies has renewed itself

    so many times since then, there’s

    not much left, my love,

    of the originals.

    Shapechangers in Winter

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