And (Princeton Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets) by Debora Greger

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By Debora Greger

From the name poem:

Ampersand

pink as lifeless shrimp, the unborn curls in its tide pool--seed pearl

whose mom lusters over irritant love it's too past due to dislodge;

little anemone, shrinking from contact. So and holds separate what it such a lot heavily binds.

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"Ms. Greger's poems happen on the aspect of stumble upon among the brain and the realm of topic. . . . And it's the resistance of the true and the expanding urgency the poet feels in attempting to extinguish her solitude . . . that make those poems emotional."--The manhattan occasions e-book Review

Originally released in 1985.

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BLACK SEA Is every story underpinned by sex or death? Weigh the black sea buoying a steamer aimed to miss the dock, its engines killed, so that the current will drag it home—just surface drift over what plumbs deeper: past sea urchins and brittle stars, past diving bells, past bottom-feeders rooting in the muck of the continental shelf, down where no part of light but blue strains and it giving out, phosphorescent squid trail fitful constellations over abyssal hills and plains. Depth inky with greater depth, here lies sleep to submerge in rather than be touched through nightgown, through watertight diving dress, be loosed of weighted breastplate and boots and claimed by the slick of surface, hauled into someone's arms like catch or rescue.

Girls like hothouse flowers. Hothouse flowers. Fountains jazzily spilling. One of champagne. A man burning a check good for eight hundred thousand dollars, leaving the room before paper's down to the ash of fiction someone else cleans up. An afternoon like this, when a fly weaves at a window screen, you may think you smell horseflesh but all of that's converted to this, ready to be sold, and lucky for all of us. Full Gutters in Beverly Hills When Dick knocked she had just dressed and been watching the rain, thinking of some poem, and of full gutters in Beverly Hills.

Ampersand pink as dead shrimp, the unborn curls in its tide pool—seed pearl whose mother lusters over irritant love it's too late to dislodge; little anemone, shrinking from touch. So and holds separate what it most closely binds. Dream Lectures 1 DOORMAN ON PROPERTIES OF CLOSURE As you, dear reader, would have been, in the time of servants, cinching a lady into her stays, tugging too hard as she hugged a bedpost— with the same eager ambivalence, grasp that a poem might seem to lay itself down for you to peel veils and husks of outer- and underwear, heartless as an onion.

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