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The Nightlife - Poems - cover

The Nightlife - Poems

Elise Paschen

Publisher: Red Hen Press

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Summary

The author of Infidelities and Bestiary presents a collection poetry about what is hidden in the night. In Elise Paschen’s prize-winning poetry collection, Infidelities, Richard Wilbur wrote that the poems “…draw upon a dream life which can deeply tincture the waking world.” In her third poetry book, The Nightlife, Paschen once again taps into dream states, creating a narrative which balances between the lived and the imagined life. Probing the tension between “The Elevated” and the “Falls,” she explores troubled love and relationships, the danger of accident and emotional volatility. At the heart of the book is a dream triptych which retells the same encounter from different perspectives, the drama between the narrative described and the sexual tension created there.The Nightlife demonstrates Paschen’s versatility and formal mastery as she experiments with forms such as the pantoum, the villanelle and the tritina, as well as concrete poems and poems in free verse. Throughout this poetry collection, she interweaves lyric and narrative threads, creating a contrapuntal story-line. The book begins with a dive into deep water and ends with an opening into sky.“In lean and supple lyrics darted with alarming rhymes and laced with skirmishing patterns, Paschen . . . achieves breathtaking perfection of craft and form. . . . As these poised, elegant, wry, and knowing poems crisply unlock and gracefully unfurl, they reveal fresh perceptions at every turn.” —Booklist “Not only a beautiful and inventive collection, it’s an important contribution to this period in American poetry. . . . This is poetry that reminds us of all the power and possibilities of poetry itself.” —Laura Kasischke, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Available since: 05/11/2017.
Print length: 80 pages.

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