The Second Blush

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The Second Blush

By Molly Peacock

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393066517, 85pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

Demonstrating once again her "luxuriantly sensual imagination" (Washington Post), Molly Peacock celebrates marriage and a two-track life with the man who became her husband. As teenage sweethearts separated by other obligations, they found each other again at midlife. The piquant, sonnet-based poems take as their starting point her husband's survival from a life-threatening disease, addressing the contradictory ideas of planning for the future along with the urgency to make the present brilliantly alive. Three sections of the book portray moments in the marriage domestic glimpses but all the poems revolve around the deeper issue of how we love and how love affects the way we live.

About the Author
Molly Peacock is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and creative nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72. Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush. As President of the Poetry Society of America, Molly Peacock was one of the creators of New York's Poetry in Motion program; co-editing Poetry In Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses. She serves as a Faculty Mentor at the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program and is also the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English.