After the First World
by Christine Casson
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Publisher: Star Cloud Press
Year of Publication: 2008
Page Count: 91
Christine Casson's debut collection is rich with quiet surprises. Delicacy of description, metaphor that unfolds like worked lace, and the underlying iron power of story characterize poems as wide-ranging as the lyric "Mimosa," from the book's first section, to "Zaubermantel" and "Cradlesong" from the ambitious sequence that brings Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, gifted and obscured sister of successful composer Felix Mendelssohn, to life. With delicious precision the poet builds a bridge between the gardens of Europe and blossoms in an American city, between her own life and that of a nineteenth century artist. The poems, like fragrance and music, lift and stay, a span that can bear the weight of our desire. This is a fine singing, and Casson is a poet to watch.
In their rich, meticulous language and in their wide-ranging perceptiveness, the poems in After the First World roam and entwine themselves with convincing realities. Christine Casson's first collection a fine poetic debut.
About the Author:
Christine Casson's poems have been published in Agenda, Dalhousie Review, Natural Bridge, Stand, Slant, South Dakota Review, and Alabama Literary Review, and in the anthologies Fashioned Pleasures (Parallel Press, 2005), Never Before (Four Way Books, 2005), and Conversation Pieces (Everyman's, 2007). She has also published essays on the work of Leslie Marmon Silko and the poetry of Linda Hogan, as well as non-fiction. She earned her MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and is Scholar/Writer in Residence at Emerson College in Boston.
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