The Common
by Gail Mazur
University of Chicago Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-226-51438-3 | Paper: 978-0-226-51439-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3563.A987C65 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

At the heart of Gail Mazur's The Common is the refusal to simplify what is paradoxical in our world and a recognition of the tensions in our own divided nature. These unflinching poems create a place where wisdom and foolishness, fear and courage, rage and pity, love and diffidence, naturally co-exist.

Desire, ambition, devotion, and devastating loss are all subjects for Mazur's clear-eyed poems, which resonate with the contradictions between the body's yearning and the mind's acknowledgment of the consequences of our choices. In a poetry driven by unrelenting questioning, Mazur tries, in Rilke's worlds, "to love the questions themselves."

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