- Series: The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, 2012
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Persea; 1 edition (April 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892554231
- ISBN-13: 978-0892554232
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
To See The Queen: Poems (The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, 2012) 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
The phantom presences in Seay’s poems are anything but ethereal. More robust than the haunted and taunted female speakers they inhabit, especially during bouts of physical and mental illness, the specters force questions about subjects no smaller than faith, eternity, and love. Liliana, a recurring “figment,” takes many forms, including “an animal calmed”; “an avalanche, a ledge of snow”; and “the temperature of (my) delirium.” The speakers’ attempts to resist Liliana or engage in dialogues with her ensure that the poems will not devolve into self-pity or passive portraits of victimhood. For Seay, illness and depression are specific places or states; a dozen poems have “Town” in the title. In the devastating narrative poem “Room of the Curved Spines,” a speaker recalls undergoing a routine scoliosis check in junior high, then learning that she will soon have a deformed body, but not in the way the school expects; she will starve herself. “I keep an illusion of her skeleton in bed, the obvious spine,” reflects the speaker, “how it was or was not curved and to what end.” --Carolyn Alessio
Plath, Pessoa, Wolfe, Styron, Sexton, Anne Carson, Donald Justice, Jack Gilbert. To See The Queen joins the melancholy beauties of our time, nestles among them, fights to dig out of it all.”
- Poetry Society of America