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And (Princeton Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets) by Debora Greger

By Debora Greger

From the identify poem:

Ampersand

pink as lifeless shrimp, the unborn curls in its tide pool--seed pearl

whose mom lusters over irritant love it's too past due to dislodge;

little anemone, shrinking from contact. So and holds separate what it so much heavily binds.

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"Ms. Greger's poems occur on the element of come upon among the brain and the area of topic. . . . And it's the resistance of the true and the expanding urgency the poet feels in attempting to extinguish her solitude . . . that make those poems emotional."--The manhattan occasions booklet Review

Originally released in 1985.

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Praise its indiscriminate industry, worming under yachts' hatch covers, a convertible swamped in a parking lot's pond. Waiting it out, praise drop by drop of drink as, in the canyons, mock haciendas lurch and pitch, room by room giving to the drugged surge of mud. However close, that's elsewhere, evening news, an act of God to be insured against. Blond floors above all this, a denimed demi-god is buying a story you're selling, all rights. In the engorged Pacific, a wet-suited surfer rises, slick as freeway, no allusion to any other myth, from the cash-green sea.

Accident or design, they pass on no secret so, brushing it clean, the gardener rebinds the wound of a graft. Palms heavy with snow-bloom bend to be beaten loose with brooms. Where ground heaved at hard frost a cheeky cherub grubs, obeisant, the cut of dirt with three good fingers. Weathered and parental, the plump limestone body eaten with age. Of Bellflower spilling a candlesnuffer's dark hints— in such a pooled blue, moon sidles to branch through a high pane shoved sharply against sharpened sky.

Wade the slick of seaweed and soon be islanded where last century a steamer ran aground. Three days above heavy seas helpless mainlanders heard timbers tear their joins to be tree again. Water's arms held under, then delivered the bodies to shore, waters of birth taking back breath. Ampersand pink as dead shrimp, the unborn curls in its tide pool—seed pearl whose mother lusters over irritant love it's too late to dislodge; little anemone, shrinking from touch. So and holds separate what it most closely binds.

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