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Gifts for wry humor, stanzaic and rhyming forms, and literary allusion animate the best parts of this sometimes sparkling fourth and final collection from Wetzsteon, who built up a serious reputation (in part for light verse) before she took her own life in December 2009. Delight in set forms, in wit and verbal games, and even inside jokes will stand out on first reading. "Pursuits of Happiness" retells the plots of Hollywood comedies in stanza forms from 17th-century metaphysical poems: "Go, and fetch the chilled champagne." The very next page addresses Ludwig Wittgenstein's famous philosophical illustration, the always-ambiguous head that could be either rabbit or duck, in stunt-worthy rhyme: "realists... shun the appeal its/ rare white fur holds, although they feel it's/ a rabbit full of pluck." But to read through the collection is to see, gradually, the screens of humor open on real fears: of existential dread and failed romantic love. The more clearly personal poems may not highlight her particular talents, but they stick in the mind. They are rueful, regretful, frustrated, if never quite desperate: Wetzsteon calls "misanthropy my default mode, my armor"; her poems about urban life, love life, family life do often seem to grin through tears. (Nov.) (c)
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Poetry editor for the New Republic at the time of her suicide at age 42, Wetzsteon left a final collection that radiates searing pain and exceptional beauty. Her poems have a pulse, and they throb with lust, desire, and a need to be heard. Whether writing about lavender lipstick or profound loss, Wetzsteon demonstrates her keen sensitivity to the great range of life. A musicality pervades her poems, and her nuanced cadences and use of rhyme add percussive oomph to an already powerful voice. Silver Roses feels confessional and communicative because Wetzsteon uses the first person in a way that makes it easy to identify with her. Many of the poems are melancholy, others, like “An Actress Prepares,” capture cinematic tableaux, or, like ‘Ferocious Alphabets,” are playful experiments. Her easy shifting from whimsicality to rumination attests the complexity of the collection. Each poem feels raw and wide-awake and speaks deeply of being human. Delicate beauty surrounded by thorns, Weztsteon’s poems portray a soul laid bare. --Alizah Salario
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Product Details

  • Series: Karen & Michael Braziller Books
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Persea (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892553642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892553648
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 15, 2011
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Some things are simply too good to be true. "Silver Roses" is a collection of poetry from Rachel Wetzsteon, author of three previous volumes as she brings her own blend of philosophy and skepticism to the table as she appreciates the life around her. Smart and riveting verse, "Silver Roses" is not a volume to be missed. "Gold Leaves": Someone ought to write about(I thought/and therefore do) stage three of alchemy:/not inauspicious metal turned into/a gilded page, but that same page turned back/to basics when you step outside for air/and feel a radiance that was not there/the day before, your sidewalks lined with gold.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.D. Frost on January 24, 2011
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I know nothing about the construction of poetry. I became interested in reading it after I stumbled on Wetzsteon's "Sakura Park." I find "Silver Roses" equally fascinating. Wetzsteon has a way of reaching beyond the esoteric. She touches something in me, even if I don't know how she does it. If you want to read one modern poet, I promise you can do much worse.
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