Twin Cities

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Twin Cities

By Carol Muske-Dukes

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143119647, 84pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2011

Description
A sophisticated and lyrical new collection from one of today's finest living poets.
Carol Muske-Dukes is an acclaimed novelist and poet whose latest collection, "Sparrow," a haunting elegy for her late husband, was a finalist for the National Book Award. "Twin Cities" is an emotionally rich book of poems about how things double-by reflection, by reproduction, by severance. The poems embark from the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, divided by a legendary river, and move on to the parallel histories of a life lived and a life imagined-and the random intersection of the two. Lit by loss, these moving poems navigate between the poles of love and grief, curse and blessing, abandonment and rescue-they are two, and they are one.


About the Author
Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poems, four novels, and two essay collections, and is an editor of two anthologies, including "Crossing State Lines: An American Renga", which she coedited with Bob Holman. Many of her books have been New York Times Notable selections. Muske-Dukes is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she founded the PhD program in creative writing and literature, and she recently fulfilled her appointment as poet laureate of California, appointed by the governor's office. Her poetry collection "Sparrow" was a National Book Award finalist and she is a six-time Pushcart Prize winner. She writes for the "New York Times Book Review "and the "New York Times "op-ed page, the "Los Angeles Times", the Huffington Post, and the "New Yorker"'s "Page-Turner" blog. Her poems have been published and anthologized widely, including in several editions of "Best American Poetry". Muske-Dukes has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Library of Congress award, Barnes & Noble's Writer for Writers Award, and many other honors. She lives in Southern California and New York.