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Close to the Shore Paperback – January, 2003
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About the Author
Jacqueline Marcus attended Sidwell Friends School and studied painting at Juilliard, Washington, D.C. She teaches philosophy at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo and is the editor of the online poetry journal, ForPoetry.com.
Top Customer Reviews
"Jacqueline Marcus's _Close to the Shore_ presents us with a poet whose prodigious talents, uncanny emotional range, and (dare one say it?) profound spiritual sympathies, have opened up a space in the human heart where every thoughtful reader will feel welcome. This is a poet of abundance and wonder, a poet who reminds us that poetry is, in some very elemental way, 'the insistence of Form, / each note, an integration, / each note, a prayer-wheel turning.'" --Sherod Santos, Department of English, University of Missouri
"Jacqueline Marcus's poems have all the suppleness and hesitation of thought itself. They wander through so many dimensions--philosophical, personal, and political--on the way to a condition which, they seem to say, may or may not exist, but which is nevertheless luminous, intelligent, and serene." --John Koethe, Department of philosophy, University of Wisconsin.
I certainly agree with their assessments on this exquisite book of poems!
Jacqueline Marcus's poems are variations on an ancient theme. In the language of metaphor and imagery, the theme begins at the river and ends at the sea. A theme that follows Plato's Allegory of the Cave, the longing to know that which lasts in a world of shadows, the "point of intersection of the timeless / With time...the winter lightning...the music heard so deeply / That it is not heard at all."
December sun in the cypress,
climbing the hill of mist,
Haydn's concerto in the background,
illuminating the streets,
the placid cars, the ordinary world
where the sun-tipped pines hold their attention.Read more ›
"Close to the Shore" is a book that also reminds me how hard it is to publish a book of poetry these days. There are so many fine, mature poems here that it's easy to believe that it takes years for writers to get their work between covers. Even though this is a first book, it's clear that it's been written by a writer of long apprentice, one who continues to engage and reflect upon the lived life.