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Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems Paperback – May 17, 2008
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Pastan's poems are simple, restrained, and concise. Most of the poems are unrhymed in relatively short lines. They are non-academic and accessible. Many of the poems have an autobiographical tone and celebrate, on one level, every day life domesticity, love, and the pleasures of life in a wooded, peaceful, almost rural community.
The poems in this book are divided into five sections and involve several broad themes. The daughter of immigrants, Pastan meditates upon her past and upon the lives of her parents in the early poems in this collection, including "A Tourist at Ellis Island", "Maiden Name", and "To my Imaginary Siblings."
Married love constitutes a second major theme of these poems, as there are works celebrating both the 48th and the 50th wedding anniversaries. In the latter poem "50 years" Pastan reflects on her own mortality and that of her husband. In the earlier poem, "A Perilous Safety: Anniversary Letter, the poet reflects on the slow, steady nature of her happily married life:
"And so I must/learn continually,/or we both must learn,or/we both are learning still/that passion is more/than a conflagration.Read more ›
It shouldn't be. Pastan brings what is best and human to her work-- a canny eye toward human nature, an ability to see the significance in small matters, a feel for the striking image. Her language is delicious and tangy, her observations both sweet and tart.
This is a short book of recent work. She is, indeed, the Queen of the rainy country of the human heart. Highly recommended.
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Pastan is truly an evocative and stimulating poet. I highly recommend her beautiful poetry.Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth Vrenios
Accessible and moving poetry. Am so thrilled to be introduced to this poet! I was hooked by the first line in each of these poems.Published on June 28, 2014 by Sandra
She's my favorite poet. I was/am not a consistently serious reader of poetry, but I always turn to Linda Pastan's books when I need a dose of simple, direct wordplay.Published on January 23, 2013 by nolimits
I'd give it 6 stars if I could! Finished it only to turn to the first page and start over. Great book. Deceptively simple poems about life, aging, loving.Published on April 17, 2010 by Ruth