Monkey Lightning (Paperback)


By Martha Zweig

Tupelo Press, 9781932195828

Publication Date: December 1, 2010

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Poetry. Martha Zweig's fourth collection of poems is her strongest. With a voice and verbal texture like no other contemporary poet's, she transfigures the sonorous traditional English lyric with an audacity that's rugged and unruly but sublimely literary. Zweig's etymological wizardry recalls the intoxicating wordplay of the rustics and faeries in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Yet in their dramatic candor, Zweig's new poems are also as bull's-eye direct as John Berryman's blues-drenched Dream Songs. From the howling, buzzing, frosty reaches of the north woods we bring you...MONKEY LIGHTNING The best work yet by a virtuoso conjuror.