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Blackacre: Poems

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by Monica Youn
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Blackacre: Poems by Monica Youn

The brilliant new collection by Monica Youn following Ignatz, a finalist for the National Book Award

the trees all planted in the same month after the same fire

each thick around
as a man's wrist

meticulously spaced grids cutting the sunshine

into panels into planks
and crossbeams of light

an incandescent architecture that is the home that was promised you

--from "Whiteacre"

"Blackacre" is a centuries-old legal fiction-a placeholder name for a hypothetical estate. Treacherously lush or alluringly bleak, these poems reframe their subjects as landscape, as legacy-a bereavement, an intimacy, a racial identity, a pubescence, a culpability, a diagnosis. With a surveyor's keenest tools, Youn marks the boundaries of the given, what we have been allotted: acreage that has been ruthlessly fenced, previously tenanted, ploughed and harvested, enriched and depleted. In the title sequence, the poet gleans a second crop from the field of Milton's great sonnet on his blindness: a lyric meditation on her barrenness, on her own desire-her own struggle-to conceive a child. What happens when the transformative imagination comes up against the limits of unalterable fact?

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Ebook Details
Pages: 88
Size: 1.9 MB
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9781555979461 (DRM-EPUB)

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