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The Exchange: Poems Paperback – May 7, 2013

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The author of two previous books, The Misunderstanding of Nature (1994) and The Descent (2004), Black has received praise for her taut lyrics of elusive yet enchanting elegance. This collection continues that trend, and here Black confronts various forms of trade and exchange, from stocks on the New York Stock Exchange, to life for death, to a child for the sacrificial lamb. “Seeking Alpha” takes its title from a specialized term in financial analysis, and the poem’s first stanza is packed with investment terminology: “Praise for the one who can take us above / The merely saved. Without risk everything / Is fixed.” The language also speaks to salvation and deliverance, a yearning for the extraordinary. Throughout, Black’s deceptively simple syntax masks a tension between the punctuation, line breaks, and syllabic accentuation. The closing lines of “When It Comes,” for example, enact the successive complexities of storytelling: “Whoever remains gets to tell the story / Until it is true. Do not close your eyes, spare me / not one thing.” --Diego Báez

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“[Sophie Cabot Black has] concocted a way of speaking in poetry that's very fresh and daring.” ―Billy Collins, The New York Times

“These meditative, aphoristic poems deal with paying witness to illness, questioning both the future and the afterlife. . . . In these poems Black weaves sheer elegance and devastating knowing.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The poems in The Exchange are emphatically alive. This fierce energy breathes life back into the hopeless soul. . . . The Exchange is Sophie Cabot Black's best and most eloquent book to date.” ―Carol Muske-Dukes, The Huffington Post

“Black has received praise for her taut lyrics of elusive yet enchanting elegance. [The Exchange] continues that trend, and here Black confronts various forms of trade and exchange, from stocks on the New York Stock Exchange, to life for death, to a child for the sacrificial lamb.” ―Booklist

“Accomplished. . . . Black's writing is distinguished by its control and lack of extravagance; we experience the pain, the loss, the moment when her friend acknowledges that he is dying as quietly illuminating moments, and all the better for it. A lovely work for many readers; surely even those who don't typically read poetry will find understanding here.” ―Library Journal


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