W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393066593, 69pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
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In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a deepening birth, death, and transformation all part of a seamless continuum. Possessed of a calm, crystalline sense of eternity, her poems invite fellow travelers to sit for a little while and be cleansed of the dust of existence.
About the Author
Elizabeth Spires is the author of five volumes of poetry. She lives with her husband and daughter in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Goucher College.