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- DescriptionHahn's new collection wrestles with the elemental and enduring challenges of the human condition: What can we use from our spiritual heritage? How should we find relief? How, after it all, do we live? The poems are presented as a letter to the world from a woman preparing to leave it. In four sections - The Bells, The Crosses, Widdershins, and Afterwor(l)d - she contrasts the hope against the dark that is embodied by an amulet or cross with the abased resignation of torture, failed prayers, and witchcraft. Though Hahn's vision is a dark one, its emotional depth speaks to a human power that, though damaged, can still engage.From The Crosses (V) - Cross my fingers, cross my heart, arms extended, legs together, t apart, I make of myself a cross. In my pockets bright blue beads, small clay gods, scarabs, four-leaf clovers, bejewelled mezuzahs. In my hat cockleshells to exorcize the demons, to keep hidden the seventh chakra, the tonsure, the bald compulsion. Cross my fingers, cross my heart, arms extended, legs together, t apart. In my ears little bells of confusion to frighten away eyes of the evil. On my breast a foul sachet to repel the lick of the Devil. Cross my fingers, cross my heart. In my window a glass witch ball to guard against the shatter from intruders. Cross my fingers.
- Author BiographySusan Hahn, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, is the editor of TriQuarterly magazine and the author of seven books of poetry, including Incontinence, Holiday, Mother in Summer, The Scarlet Ibis, and Self/Pity. She lives in Winnetka, Illinois.
- Author(s)Susan Hahn
- PublisherNorthwestern University Press
- Date of Publication15/05/2008
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationEvanston
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNorthwestern University Press
- Weight268 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
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