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For the Shrew

Anna Glazova, Alex Niemi (Translator)


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Glazova invites us to perceive the unfolding natural world with all our senses--a bee, a swamp, the icy north--and to consider our place in it.

Her concise and sensory poems elucidate not just a moment in nature, but the flow of time. A snow-covered bud, a clod of earth, an animal's fur, and human beings are all part of a continuous cycle of life and death. Glazova is also a photographer, and light, shadow, and darkness filter through these poems. But listening is as important as seeing: "put your ear to the ground: the log and the bark beetle / sing as one--they begin."

Glazova came of age during perestroika, moved to Germany as a young woman, and received her doctorate in the U.S. Her poetry is strongly influenced by Paul Celan, whose work she has translated to Russian.

Zephyr Press, 9781938890956, 168pp.

Publication Date: November 29, 2022