The Players (Paperback)
Knopf Publishing Group, 9780804170956, 80pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
The strongest collection yet from this widely praised poet is about the central players in our lives, our relationships over time--between mother and son, mother and daughter--and how one generation of relationships informs and shapes the next.
The opening sequence, -Manhood, - looks at the insular world of baseball, shedding light on the complexities of gender, boyhood, and coming-of-age. The poet captures the electrifying, proud language of baseball talk, channeling the tone and approach of the young men she observes as a mother, and bringing poignancy and deeper understanding to the transaction between herself and the young men she sees growing into adulthood. -American Comedy- is a sonnet sequence about the absurdities and realities of modern domestic life, while figures in literature are the players in -Interlude.- The final section, -The Players, - becomes a forceful and searing revelation about the legacy of generations. Exploring the nature of attachment on many levels, The Players brings us Jill Bialosky at her best, in poems that find a new language to describe the rich and universal story that is modern motherhood.
From the Hardcover edition.