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The Worrier: poems
by Nancy Takacs
University of Massachusetts Press
Paper: 978-1-62534-264-5 | eISBN: 978-1-61376-524-1
Library of Congress Classification PS3620.A43A6 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

EXCERPT What do you know? How I hide my flaws. What do you know? How butterflies sweeten themselves opening and closing their wings together in a little hill on the beach. —“The Worrier bed” The Worrier poems, like a string of worry beads, are dialogues between two interior voices exploring topics as varied as fur coats, marriage, scars, vanishing bees, a silent film star, toads, and volunteers. Strongly imagistic, and often placed in wild landscapes of Utah and Wisconsin, these poems strangely soothe with their surprising offbeat answers to Takacs’s worries about intimacy, loss, and turmoil in midlife and beyond; about disappearing wilderness, and compassion, in the world at large. Despite worrying, the poems seem fearless in what they tackle, and in their language and form, creating lightness, promise.

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