A beautiful collection of verseaaboth light and dark, elegiac and affirmativeaafrom one of our most admired poets. The title Nothing by Design is taken from Salteras villanelle aComplaint for Absolute Divorce, a in which weare asked to entertain the thought of a no-fault universe. The wary search for peace, personal and public, is a constant theme in poems as varied as aOur Friends the Enemy, a about the Christmas football match between German and British soldiers in 1914; aThe Afterlife, a in which Egyptian tomb figurines labor to serve the dead; and aVoice of America, a where Salter returns to the Saint Petersburg of her exiled friend, the late Joseph Brodsky. A section of charming light verse serves as counterpoint to another series entitled aBed of Letters, a in which Salter addresses the end of a long marriage. Artfully designed, with a highly intentional music, these poems movingly give form to the often unfathomable, yet very real, presence of nothingness and loss in our lives.The title Nothing by Design is taken from Salteras villanelle aComplaint for Absolute Divorce, a in which weare asked to entertain the thought of a no-fault universe.
|Title||:||Nothing by Design|
|Author||:||Mary Jo Salter|
|Publisher||:||Knopf - 2013-09-17|