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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Reprint edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375712240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375712241
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 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: #1,786,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her twelfth poetry collection, Willard, who also writes children’s books (one of which won the Newbery Medal), begins this bright and wind-whirled collection with a tribute to her characters, that is, those who inspire her imagination. Such as the girl in wartime who is denied her longed-for birthday bicycle but finds comfort and beauty in watching her mother mix a pitcher of Kool-Aid. Willard writes of “a long leap of a lad,” a phrase brimming with joy, mischief, motion, and promise that neatly captures her cadence, however somber or mysterious her subject. Her settings are fairy-tale vivid, and how quickly we’re taken away by the strong current of each glimmering poem. A call to prance in “Shoes” (“Put your best foot forward / and carry no map”) is matched by still lives, including a radiant ode to a glass goblet. And Willard’s dreamy and secretive landscapes and seascapes, including “The Live Sea Scrolls,” are vibrant with animals and birds, thrillingly fanciful, and covertly incisive. Willard is a poet of both buoyancy and profundity. --Donna Seaman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Nancy Willard was educated at the University of Michigan and Stanford University. She has written two novels, seven books of stories and essays, and eleven books of poetry. A winner of the Devins Memorial Award, she has had NEA grants in both fiction and poetry. Her book Water Walker was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She won the Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake’s Inn. She teaches in the English department at Vassar College.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Farisa Khalid on July 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Most people know Truro from the landscapes and mood paintings of Edward Hopper, who had a summer home there, where he went to escape the frenzy of New York City. The Cape Cod coastline, its sky, its undulating grass, its beach, have the vital, elemental quality of an otherworldly place--like Emily Bronte's Yorkshire moors. 'The Sea at Truro,' the new collection of verse by poet and children's book author Nancy Willard is the companion volume to her 2006 collection, 'In the Salt Marsh.' Both collections focus on the mystery of nature's beauty--that fugitive, fleeting quality of the individual response to nature--Mrs. Ramsey's response to the waves and the sunlight of the coast in 'To the Lighthouse,' the light of life's sufficiency, that's at the core of many of Nancy Willard's poems. Nature is usually a benevolent presence, a gifted artist whose creation we inhabit. In "The Sea at Truro":

At low tide, when Water opened
her workshop, her shining hands unrolled
a fabric so light I saw straight down
to the loom on which it was born...

The sea threw out a net
that spun itself from the breath of the waves,

in threads so fine I saw its shine
in leaf and stone and sunset's plumage
and the light that was always there
waiting for me to find it

The sense of wonder is redolent throughout. An acclaimed author of children's books, Willard clings to her sense of enchantment unflaggingly. Wonder and magic in the world of Nancy Willard is a fundamental part of being alive.

The night after the service, his sister appears
to him. She is gathering her paintings...seascapes
like bowls of broth, moons like Camembert
wheels, chunked off and eaten. Her life's work!
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