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Anchoress: A Poem

Esta Spalding

Published May 1st 1997
ISBN : 9780887845918
Paperback
128 pages
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 About the Book 

Awake before dawn a year after his lover Helens death, Peter H. begins to assemble his memories of her. How to conjure the dead? How to put a lovers body together again?Working through the winter, spring, and into the late summer in a basementMoreAwake before dawn a year after his lover Helens death, Peter H. begins to assemble his memories of her. How to conjure the dead? How to put a lovers body together again?Working through the winter, spring, and into the late summer in a basement laboratory at the Vancouver Aquarium, Peter scrawls into his notebook pieces of her story, and of their story together. Slowly, he begins to see the secret tunnels between Helens death and the death of her parents, between her loyalty to her sister, France, and her passion for right action.A sensual, haunting book-length poem, Anchoress moves gracefully from the painted caves of Vichy France, where Helens mother is born, to the banks of the Seine where her parents meet- from a foster home in Illinois to the grey stone university buildings where Helen becomes obsessed with the televised events of the Gulf War.This book will challenge the way we think about the boundaries between politics and passions, love and war.