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The Descent


Sophie Cabot Black


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"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.

Praise For The Descent: Poems

“Hers are poems which merge the erotic and the spiritual with an adamance as old as the Song of Songs, and with a prosody and lyrical richness of portraiture drawn from the Metaphysical poets and, especially, from the early Berryman . . . A distinguished collection, one of the liveliest first books in years.” —David Wojahn, Poetry on The Misunderstanding of Nature

Graywolf Press, 9781555974060, 80pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2004

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