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Goodbye, Silver Sister: Poems
by Jeanne Foster
Northwestern University Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-8101-3128-6 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-3129-3
Library of Congress Classification PS3606.O754G66 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6


Goodbye, Silver Sister, Jeanne Foster’s second collection of po­ems, opens with a series of poems about a girl coming of age in pre-Katrina New Orleans, informed and haunted by the magic of the city. The powerful Pearl River forms the dividing line be­tween adulthood and other worlds, both geographic and existen­tial: “death, divorce, and the thousand other ways I would lose faith in the breastplate of love.”

The collection is also an elegy for and tribute to the poet’s par­ents, who met in the WPA Artists’ Project. Through her poems she keeps them alive and is also able to say good-bye. Like the work of her mentor, James Wright, these poems reach far beyond the personal in their willingness to look at the un­seemly sides of being human within the context of a profound spiritual search.

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