The Misunderstanding of Nature (Paperback)


By Sophie Cabot Black

Graywolf Press, 9781555972011, 90pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1994

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Sophie Cabot Black is an unabashedly passionate poet. Her first collection encompasses two New Worlds: the contemporary one and the one of seventeenth-century New England. At its epiphany, this collection presents a long poem called 'The Arguments, ' a monologue in the voice of Dorothy Bradford, one of the first Englishwomen to have set foot in America. Through her complicated search for transcendence, we overhear the movements of learning to belong, caught at the rim of the wilderness.

About the Author

Sophie Cabot Black was raised on a small farm in New England and was educated at Marlboro College and Columbia University. Magazines and periodicals in which her poems have appeared include the Atlantic, Antaeus, and Partisan Review. Among her awards and honors are the Grolier Poetry Prize, the John Masefield Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the MacDowell Colony. She lives in New York City.

Praise For The Misunderstanding of Nature: Poems

The measure of Sophie Cabot Black's The Misunderstanding of Nature is the ambition and distinction of its long final poem, 'The Arguments.' Altogether this is a beautiful book: in poem after poem, the topography of a late twentieth century landscape of impasse: 'There is only what you might do/And what you damage.' 'The Arguments' find all this present but suppressed within the very origins of America--and in the process a wild, leaping, beautiful music. Berryman's 'Homage to Mistress Bradstreet' has found an eloquent, authentic sister.