Some say the lark : poems

by Chang, Jennifer, 1976-

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" Some Say the Lark is a piercing meditation, rooted in loss and longing, and manifest in dazzling leaps of the imagination--the familiar world rendered strange." --Natasha Trethewey

Chang's poems narrate grief and loss, and intertwines them with hope for a fresh start in the midst of new beginnings. With topics such as frustration with our social and natural world, these poems openly question the self and place and how private experiences like motherhood and sorrow necessitate a deeper engagement with public life and history.

From "The Winter's Wife":

I want wild roots to prosper
an invention of blooms, each unknown
to every wise gardener. If I could be
a color. If I could be a question
of tender regard. I know crabgrass
and thistle. I know one algorithm:
it has nothing to do with repetition
or rhythm. It is the route from number
to number (less to more, more
to less), a map drawn by proof
not faith. Unlike twilight, I do not
conclude with darkness. I conclude.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity , which was a finalist for the Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers and listed by Hyphen Magazine as a Top Five Book of Poetry for 2008. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2012, The Nation, Poetry, A Public Space , and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at George Washington University and lives in Washington, DC with her family.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wide-ranging in form and approach, this new collection from Chang (The History of Anonymity) is gracefully unified by a set of related questions: What does the lyric imagination make possible for an individual in solitude? Is all of thought a conversation with the "small philosophies" of the everyday? When does loss become a distance that even the most imaginative work cannot traverse? As Chang teases out possible answers to these ambitious questions, each dynamic formal shift, each nimble swing in register, reveals a different kind of quiet; a fresh consideration of familiar attempts to "redress sorrow" in a way that is more real and true. "I loved my errors senseless/ and was not sisterly," Chang writes. "Do you forgive?" Here, the gorgeously fractured syntax, the presence of a subject and a verb with no object, subtly speaks to the speaker's grief. In losing another, the speaker loses narrative and the ability to make meaning from experience. Chang also features more conventionally lyric work in the collection, and her adept transitions between poems give readers insight into her sustained consideration of both the beauty and failure of the lyric imagination. Each disparate form, each tonal variation allows Chang to articulate a "sorrow," a "never," a "minor captivity" that is unsayable in any other way. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects American poetry -- 21st century.
Publisher Farmington, ME :[2017]
Other Titles Poems.
Language English
Description 88 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 85-88).
ISBN 9781938584664
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