May Day

May Day

You arrive at my altar

with no idea

what it means to worship--to adore.

You haven't even learned it:

ecstasy and suffering

make the same face.

--from "The Offering"

May Day is both a distress call and a celebration of the arrival of spring. In this rich and unusually assured first collection, the poet Gretchen Marquette writes of the losses of a brother gone off to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a great love--losses that have left the world charged with absence and… (more)

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Publisher: Graywolf Press (May 03, 2016)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English


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