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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pen & Anvil Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982162553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982162552
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Melissa Green is 'a poet's poet', quietly garnering the respect of such distinguished voices as Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky, whom she translated for a recent collection of nativity poems. In The Squanicook Eclogues Green presents four unique poems of such grace, craft and awareness that her particular space and time are swiftly elevated to the universal. The collection calls to mind Rilke's `Sonnets to Orpheus' where he writes that:

Song is being. Easy for a god to teach
But when will we be? When is he turning

earth and the stars into our existence?
This is not, youth, that you love, even if
your voice shoves your mouth wide open. Listen,

singer, forget that you sang out. All's going.
To sing the truth you need another breath.
Breath about nothing. Wind in the god. Blowing.

In The Squanicook Eclogues she appears to have acquired this `other breath', which although not god like, is more intently alive to the song and being of the world than most ordinary mortals are. Melissa Green's awareness of the phenomenology of her local ecology, of the interplay of time and timelessness which her study of nature affords, produces a calming meditative effect unmatched throughout the vast libraries of Western poetry and calling to mind the best of the Eastern poets - Japanese, Ottoman and Persian. The role which biographical details appears to play in the collection is important, but perhaps their ultimate importance is in showcasing Green's ability to transcend her personal legacies.
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"The Squanicook Ecologues" excels as lyric and as narrative, a rare combination of images of life. It appeals to my heart as the readings of "Walden" and the essays of Henry David Thoreau do. There are reasons. The willow tree is suffice. In French it is "le saule, (pronounced "the soul" or "the sole"), it seems to carry all the weight of the world. Do come & visit!

Richard Winthrop Green, Jr. may be her father,
But Charles Baudelaire might be her pere,
He be her daddy,
as she be his pair!
ABH
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