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The Marriage in the Trees Paperback – December 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880015462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880015462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Arguably a shade lighter in tone than 1989's Boy on the Step (LJ 10/15/89), Plumly's sixth collection of lyric poems nevertheless sustains the air of melancholy his readers have come to expect; trees are "gothic with winter," a neighbor seems "boiled at birth/ in anger," and the streets harbor characters out of Fellini ("Dwarf with Violin"). When Plumly considers nature he approaches it on human terms, as metaphor ("The sycamore made maps of disappearance"), as literary creation rather than thing-in-itself. He shares with Keats?an explicit if ghostly presence here?and the Romantics the assumption that other living things possess an unknowable wisdom we can only appreciate intuitively. Peering into the invisible, the poet tries to fathom the patterns and forces to which all things submit. Earthy, edgy, and ethereal, these poems speak with dignity and simplicity; they collude with our fleeting senses of presence and absence, jar us when necessary, but at times strive to formulate the questions whose answers have no end.?Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib.
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"Reading Stanely Plumly is like having someone whisper unceasingly in your ear, humming of light, trees, sleep, snow." -- -- New York Times Book Review

"Stanley Plumply is one of our best poets--one of a tiny number--and this is a wonderful book." -- David Baker, Poetry

"The voice of these poems reveals a plaintiveness without sentimentality, weaving poignant stories that transcend mere narrative." -- -- Boston Review

Earthy, edgy, and ethereal, these poems speak with dignity and simplicity. -- Library Journal

Reading Stanley Plumly is like having someone whisper unceasingly in your ear, humming of light, trees, sleep, snow. -- The New York Times Book Review

Stanley Plumly is one of our best poets--one of a tiny number--and this is a wonderful book. -- Poetry Magazine

The voice of these poems reveals a plaintiveness without sentimentality, weaving poignant stories that transcend mere narrative. -- Boston Review

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By V. Zebrower on August 12, 2013
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I had to buy this book for a class and these are some of the most
natural poems I've read. They seem like they were written in another
world, as if they were always supposed to be this way. You understand
them on a deeper level than just with your mind. You feel them. Language
at it's most powerful. I love these poems, especially when the birds in
the trees are the souls of people he knew who have died. Beautiful.
Thank you Stanley Plumly.
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