The Descent (Paperback)
Graywolf Press, 9781555974060, 80pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2004
"Black's poems, in their measured grace, have a quiet intensity, animated by her passion for a clarity of understanding, in the art as in the life."-Stanley Kunitz
I have not handled the ordinary well
And wandered into much time spent
Taking on the unfaithful,
Blunder and flaw. --from "Heaven, Which Is"
Sophie Cabot Black's anticipated follow-up to her award-winning debut, The Misunderstanding of Nature, describes a restless spirit at the crossroads of love and damage, rapture and disenchantment, the mountain and the descent. The voices of these poems struggle through the hesitancies of doubt and loss to end at more than survival or witness; they achieve clarity by singing of the resiliencies of the known world, after paradise inevitably fails.
About the Author
Sophie Cabot Black's first poetry collection, The Misunderstanding of Nature, received the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. She lives in New York