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The Willow Grove Paperback – January 12, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Reprint edition (January 12, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679766030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679766032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,673,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's daring of Laurie Sheck to have made the myths surrounding Io so crucial to the central tenor of her poems, but the themes of exile, distance, and freedom from the falsehoods of secular appearance weave the title into her images, along with her own dedicated attention and moral passion." -- W. S. Merwin

"Io at Night is a rare achievement: A delicate, truly poetic sensibility has internalized and transmuted powerful myth, making memorable verse. Central to the collection is the classical myth of Io, with its resonant themes of exile, loss, and the longing for return, that provides explicit text for five poems and subtext for the rest of the collection. Io herself becomes both a living presence and metaphor for a fullness, whether of knowledge or being, only rarely achieved."

-- Robert E. Hosmer Jr., America

"Sheck's subjects are unabashedly big and not the least bit quaint. In her best poems the personal and mythic conspire to create an altogether memorable human story." -- Henri Cole, Poetry


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Laurie Sheck interweaves the contemporary with the mythic, creating a realm in which such things as radios, skyscrapers, expressways, and mannequins are at once familiar and strange; immediate, yet tinged with the light of distance and myth. It is a realm where faces on a television newscast disappear "into the undertow / of hunger for the next thing and the next," and mannequins "stand in their angelic armor."

Placed at intervals throughout these pages is a series of poems entitled "From The Book of Persephone," poems that explore the underworld through a fractured contemporary lens, depicting it as a psychological landscape of isolation and desire.

As Mona Van Duyn said of Laurie Sheck's previous book, Io at Night, "When her sensibility and the reverberating myth are in perfect conjunction, the extraordinary happens: the mythical figure enters the poet's imagination so consumingly that it is impossible to tell whose life, whose feelings fill the form on the page."


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Will Everitt on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Laurie Sheck's "The Willow Grove" is a collection of poetry for our western society as we enter the new millenium. Her poems mix the mythic and the metaphysical with current urban images. Sheck can make a TV with the volumn turned down haunt us. She can make us confront our own loss of innocense through portraying a child's view of an adult cocktail party.
While Sheck's poetry is often dark and contains mythological references, it is extremely readable, even for readers who have not encountered poetry since high school. Reading it makes one realize what a shame it is that books of poetry so rarely make the best seller lists.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is dull and tries to be Plath. Her language is prosaic and bland. This is prose broken into lines. I did like the poem though about the tree on fire. Maybe Laurie should try to climb it.
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