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The anticipated second book by the poet Mary Szybist, author of Granted, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
knew how to burn themselves through,
how to make themselves shrines to their own longing.
The spectacular was never behind them.
-from “The Troubadours etc.”
In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color. One poem is presented…[more]
Using natural, biblical, and classical imagery, these poems explore the difficulties of faith and love—particularly the difficulties of their expression, their performance. Moving between dramatic and interior monologue, and moving through intersecting histories, the ambiguities of inwardness and the eros of wakeful existence, these poems search for relationships with self, others, the world and God that are authentic—however quirky or strange.
In Tennessee I Found a Firefly
Flashing in the grass; the mouth of a spider clung
to the dark of it:…