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A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected…

A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems

by Mary Jo Salter

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Superb new poems from one of the major poets of her generation, along with a selection of the best from Mary Jo Salter's previous award-winning collections. In Mary Jo Salter's poetry we have a unique blend of domestic drama and the grittier wider world. In the title poem, she reimagines the technological simplicities and humanistic verities of the past with a brilliantly disorienting detachment. Here are poems imbued with the violence of modern life--a mother slapping her child on the subway, a child losing everything in the Iraq war--and others that bring a witty luminosity to peacocks in the park, to shoe-shine thrones at the airport, and to poetry itself. A tender elegy for the poet Anthony Hecht is followed by poems about the Baroque sculptor Bernini and the German Expressionist painter August Macke, which add to Salter's already impressive list of poems about image-making. Although in many of the poems Salter looks back wistfully at what is lost, she also sets her sights on the future: Lord, surprise me with even more to miss, she writes in Wake-up Call. Among the selected older poems are the much-anthologized Welcome to Hiroshima and Boulevard du Montparnasse; her historical narrative The Hand of Thomas Jefferson; and moving elegies for her mother (Dead Letters), her friend (Elegies for Etsuko), and her psychiatrist (Another Session). Here, also, are such light verse delights as Video Blues (My husband has a crush on Myrna Loy) and A Morris Dance; poems that bring a deeper insight into foreign settings and cultures (from Henry Purcell in Japan to Icelandic Almanac to The Seven Weepers, set in the Australian outback of 1845); and poems thatreflect on the art of seeing, as in Young Girl Peeling Apples and Trompe l'Oeil. A Phone Call to the Future is a powerful reminder and a ringing confirmation of Mary Jo Salter's remarkable gifts.… (more)



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