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Wisdom of the Body Paperback – April 17, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0930773816 ISBN-10: 0930773810 Edition: 1st

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In her luminous third collection, Roche's subject is the body as a cultural and spiritual as well as physical form. In the magnificent "Credo," she lists what sustains her: "I believe in the cave paintings at Lascaux, / The beauty of the clavicle, / The journey of the salmon . . . I believe in the wisdom of the body." That wisdom isn't without pain, and the book is haunted by the deaths that occur when "Someone will come at the end / and tell you a story so beautiful / you will rise out of yourself / and go into it," as she almost did, she tells us in an autobiographical poem about nearly drowning. Yet the body's wisdom is expanded rather than limited by death, which enjoins us to more vivid life: "The mouth knows the taste of its own tongue / hungers for savor, makes meaning / of sound, trying to name truth." This is a powerful and courageous book, full of lyric intensity and crystal-sharp imagery. Patricia Monaghan
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"In her luminous third collection, Roche's subject is the body as a cultural and spiritual as well as physical form. In the magnificent 'Credo,' she lists what sustains her: 'I believe in the cave paintings at Lascaux,/ The beauty of the clavicle,/ The journey of the salmon...I believe in the wisdom of the body.' That wisdom isn't without pain, and the book is haunted by the deaths that occur when 'Someone will come at the end/ and tell you a story so beautiful/ you will rise out of yourself/ and go into it,' as she almost did, she tells us in an autobiographical poem about nearly drowning. Yet the body's wisdom is expanded rather than limited by death, which enjoins us to more vivid life: 'The mouth knows the taste of its own tongue/ hungers for savor, makes meaning/ of sound, trying to name truth.' This is a powerful and courageous book, full of lyric intensity and crystal-sharp imagery." --Patricia Monaghan, "Booklist," April 15, 2007

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