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By María Vera. 2021
Vibrante, luminosa y valiente, María Vera se reinventa y se muestra por dentro en estas páginas que abogan por un…ser íntegro y complejo, por la belleza del camino y lo necesario de los momentos, buenos y malos, que nos construyen. «He decidido ser mi doble de accióny protagonizar las escenas emocionantes de mi viday no ser casi siempre esa niña asustada que caminaevitando los abismos, la oscuridad y el amor.Ya no me da miedo la intermitencia del hilo rojo.» Cuenta la leyenda que todos tenemos atado a nuestro dedo un finísimo hilo en cuyo extremo opuesto se encuentra aquella persona con la que estamos destinados a encontrarnos. Pero lo que nadie sabe es que existe un segundo hilo, mucho más importante, que nos conecta con nuestros yoes del pasado y nuestros yoes del futuro; un precioso arsenal de muñecas rusas.
By May Sarton. 1984
The poetic tale of a fleeting love affair In her sixty years in literature, May Sarton has taken her readers…through all of her emotions and pushed us to explore new places within ourselves. But her feelings are never more raw or exposed than in Letters from Maine. The rugged coast provides a stark background for Sarton's images of a tragically brief and newfound love. She describes the willingness to give anything and devote everything to a new love, as well as the despair at the memory of what is left over. As Sarton grew older, time became an increasingly prominent factor in her life, but as Letters from Maine shows, it is never too late to love.
By May Sarton. 1961
A beautifully organized collection of a poet's works in homage to nature One of the primary themes of May Sarton's…work, especially in the first few decades of her career as a poet, memoirist, and novelist, is a veneration for and desire to understand nature. This yearning is collected in Cloud, Stone, Sun, Vine, which comprises more than two decades of Sarton's impressive output. The anthology marks a turning point in Sarton's career as her meditations on being alone become more and more frequent, foreshadowing her famous memoir Journal of a Solitude. Featuring the classic sonnet collection "A Divorce of Lovers," Cloud, Stone, Sun, Vine is not to be missed by any Sarton fan.
Three compelling volumes of poetry from a feminist icon, poet, and author of the groundbreaking novel Mrs. Stevens Hears the…Mermaids Singing.A Durable Fire: This collection borrows its title from Sir Walter Raleigh, who wrote, “Love is a durable fire / In the mind ever burning.” It is a fitting sentiment for a collection on solitude, wherein the author finds herself full of emotion even in seclusion. A Durable Fire is a transformative work by a masterful poet. A Grain of Mustard Seed: In this beautiful collection, Sarton explores dark and destructive femininity. She writes of “Crude power that forges a balance / Between hate and love,” finding an amalgam of dark and light within a single act. These graceful and nuanced poems join timeless ideas and specific moments in history. A Private Mythology: To celebrate her fiftieth birthday, Sarton embarked on a pilgrimage around the world. Traveling through Japan, India, and Greece, she captured her spiritual discoveries in this vivid collection of poetry. Arresting images and meditations on the differences between East and West are rendered in this “colorful, polished” winner of the Emily Clark Balch Prize (Kirkus Reviews).
By May Sarton. 1966
Stunning reflections chronicling a journey both spiritual and physical by May Sarton, one of America's most beloved poetsIn celebration of…her fiftieth birthday, May Sarton embarked on a pilgrimage around the world. Traveling through Japan, India, and Greece, she captured her spiritual discoveries in this vivid collection of poetry. Arresting images and meditations on the differences between East and West are rendered with the exceptional clarity of an accomplished artist.Winner of the Emily Clark Balch Prize.
By May Sarton. 1971
May Sarton presents a collection of socially charged yet universal poemsOne of the many gems of this volume is "The…Invocation to Kali," which explores a dark and destructive femininity. Sarton writes of "Crude power that forges a balance / Between hate and love," finding an amalgam of dark and light within a single act. This graceful and nuanced work forges powerful connections between timeless ideas and specific moments in history.
By May Sarton. 1939
A strong-willed and emotional collection hidden under a well-groomed landscape of words With her debut collection of poems, Encounter in…April, May Sarton made an incredible splash in the world of poetry. Her work is impossible to imitate: a mix of stately verse and depth of emotion that lurks beneath every line, creating a tantalizing, magnetically charged distance between reader and poet. With Inner Landscape, Sarton beckons us forth while eluding easy understanding, in a volume that brilliantly walks the line between enticing and satisfying.
By May Sarton. 1994
In May Sarton's seventeenth and final collection of poetry, the writer reflects on life, aging, and mortalityComing into Eighty presents…a poet's look at age. Herein, Sarton gives readers a glimpse into her quotidian tasks, her memories, her losses, and her triumphs. The volume explores topics ranging from the war in Iraq to the struggle of taking a cat to the vet. Dark and immediate, this work catalogues both the tedium and the splendor of life with equal wit and beauty. Winner of the Levinson Prize.
By May Sarton. 1958
Finalist for the National Book Award: May Sarton at her evocative and contemplative bestThe title poem of this entrancing collection…compares love to salt for its ability both to dissolve and to crystallize "into a presence." At once philosophical and fiercely corporeal, this work presents emotion as a sensory experience. Written with Sarton's characteristic concision, these deeply felt poems will delight readers.
By May Sarton. 1980
A striking collection of short poems from acclaimed writer May SartonAfter decades of writing flowing lyric verse, May Sarton's style…turned to short bursts of poetry. Likening poetry to gardening, she writes, "Muse, pour strength into my pruning wrist / That I may cut the way toward open space." These condensed poems are rife with exuberant impressions of nature and of love. Included are two of Sarton's most acclaimed poems, "Old Lovers at the Ballet" and "Of the Muse."
By Jesse Patrick Ferguson. 2009
Jesse Patrick Ferguson brings music and poetry into conversation with each other in this compelling debut collection. Modelled on the…fundamental tones and overtones of the harmonic series, poems in Ferguson’s arrangement riff on one another, and words, phrases and images resonate sympathetically, with all the energy and buzz of a firmly plucked mandolin string. Throughout, Ferguson pays homage to poetic traditions, infusing age-old forms like the sonnet and the villanelle with an astute and contemporary political sensibility, a unique and fresh aesthetic energy, and a breezy, brazen East Coast swagger. In dense and vivacious verse, he tunefully explicates a range of subjects from climate change to rent cheques to various incarnations of love, offering the reader a tin-can telephone to the raucous and beautiful symphony of everyday life.
By May Sarton, Lois Brynes, Serena Sue Hilsinger. 1978
The comprehensive collection detailing the career of a twentieth-century master In her prolific six-decade career, May Sarton was as at…home crafting a novel as she was writing a memoir. However, it was in poetry that Sarton's feelings were laid bare. She was a writer of immense creativity and strength, and created a back catalog of poetry that could rival those of any of her contemporaries. In Selected Poems of May Sarton, a collection from her first forty years of writing, many of the author's classic themes are on display: There are her meditations on solitude, featuring the breathtaking "Gestalt at Sixty"; there is her beautifully written tribute to literature in "My Sisters, O My Sisters"; and there is a rumination on affairs of the heart in an excerpt from the sonnet collection "A Divorce of Lovers." Sarton was a true literary force, with the ability to speak to readers of all genders, persuasions, and ages, and Selected Poems of May Sarton demonstrates that power perfectly.
By May Sarton. 1972
Poetic meditations on solitude by acclaimed author May SartonThis collection borrows its title from Sir Walter Raleigh, who wrote, "Love…is a durable fire / In the mind ever burning." It is a fitting sentiment for a collection on solitude, wherein the author finds herself full of emotion even in seclusion. The first poem, "Gestalt at Sixty," finds the author reflecting on the joy and loneliness of being solitary. A Durable Fire is a transformative work by a masterful poet.
By May Sarton. 1953
A splendid collection from a true master It is often in solitude that a writer begins to understand herself. This…becomes evident in The Land of Silence, May Sarton's collection of poems previously published in the New Yorker and Harper's Magazine, as Sarton searches for solitude and tries to understand the regrets and ecstasies associated with it. Images from these poems linger in the mind's eye: a bird, a dream. Sarton's verse feels real, yet it represents something more. Published in 1953, the year after Sarton won the Reynolds Lyric Award of the Poetry Society of America, The Land of Silence presents a poet at peak form.
By May Sarton. 1993
A comprehensive volume collecting May Sarton’s poetry from over sixty years of workThis collection spanning six decades exposes the charm…and clarity of Sarton’s poetry to the fullest. Arranged in chronological order, it follows the transformation of her writing through a wide range of poetic forms and styles. Her poetry meditates on topics including the American landscape, aging, nature, the act of creating art, and self-study. This compendium from one of America’s most beloved poets will enthrall readers.
By May Sarton. 1967
May Sarton's exquisitely rendered tribute to her home state Over the course of her career, May Sarton wrote on a…range of topics and places in both prose and poetry, and traveled across the world in search of new subjects. There is, however, one place that she always returned to in the end: Nelson, New Hampshire. Written in honor of the town's bicentennial, As Does New Hampshire follows the course of a year in this rural hamlet. Sarton gracefully describes the ever-present role of nature, which always reminds humans that their presence on earth is temporary. She conveys both the beauty and the difficulty of a New England winter, and the full bloom of spring and summer. Above all, though, As Does New Hampshire is a lasting tribute not only to Sarton's home, but to the greater concept of home found in the heart of every reader.
By May Sarton. 1937
The debut work of a literary legend May Sarton's career spanned sixty years and included novels, poetry, memoirs, and even…children's books, but it was poetry that provided the world's first look at her wondrous talent. Encounter in April is a fitting starting point for readers wishing to familiarize themselves with one of the twentieth century's most lyrical and eloquent authors. In this anthology, Sarton describes womanhood devastatingly and unforgettably, deftly matching serene imagery with powerful emotion. Her sonnets are to be savored. Encounter in April is a thesis statement for a lengthy and profound career, and Sarton's talent is readily evident from the beginning.
By May Sarton. 1980
May Sarton's lifetime of work as a poet, novelist, and essayist inform these illuminating reflections on the creative life In…"The Book of Babylon," May Sarton remarks that she is not a critic--except of her own work. The essay addresses questions that have haunted Sarton's own creative practice, such as the concept of "tension in equilibrium"--balancing past and present, idea and image. She also cites poems written by others to describe the joy of writing and how we must give ourselves over to becoming the instruments of our art. "The Design of a Novel" is about fiction writing--where ideas come from, how theme and character determine plot, the mistakes many fledgling authors make, and how and why the novel differs from the poem. Further texts examine the act of composing verse, one's state of mind when writing poetry, the role of the unconscious, how revising is the loftiest form of creation, and how to keep growing as an artist. Throughout the collection, Sarton also warns about the dangers of trying to analyze the creative process too closely. A book that doesn't separate art from the artist's life, Writings on Writing is filled with Sarton's trademark imagery and insights, letting us know we're in the hands of a master.
Three celebrated volumes of verse from a feminist icon, poet, and author of the groundbreaking novel Mrs. Stevens Hears the…Mermaids Singing. Letters from Maine: A rugged coastline provides a stark background for Sarton’s images of a tragically brief love. With vulnerability and emotional depth, she explores the willingness to devote everything to a new love, as well as the despair at the memory of what is left over when it fades. Inner Landscape: This collection of May Sarton’s poems displays her inimitable mix of stately verse and depth of feeling that lurks beneath every line, creating a tantalizing, magnetically charged distance between reader and poet. Halfway to Silence: After decades of writing flowing lyric verse, May Sarton’s style turned to short, vibrant bursts of poetry. These condensed poems are rife with exuberant impressions of nature and of love, including two of her most acclaimed works, “Old Lovers at the Ballet” and “Of the Muse.” Recognized as a true pioneer in lesbian literature, “Sarton’s poems enter and illuminate every natural corner of our lives. . . . So strong in their faith and in their positive response to the human condition that they will outlast much of the fashionable, cynical poetry of our ear” (James Martin).
By May Sarton. 2015
This transcript from the film World of Light: A Portrait of May Sarton illuminates the life and writing of the…poet while celebrating the joys of creativity, love, and solitude In June of 1979, May Sarton answered the questions of two filmmakers and read to them from her poetry. This four-day "jam session" ultimately became an acclaimed documentary about her life and work. For Sarton, the muse has always been female, and the writer says that her own poems "tell me where to go." In this rare and inspiring window into a singular woman's soul, Sarton speaks candidly about everything from how a single image opened the door to writing about her mother to the importance of transparency in art and life. She shares insights into her very personal art, including the unusual people and events that provide inspiration, how creativity can grow out of pain, solitude as a two-edged sword, the difficulties of being a female poet, and the ways love can open "the door into one's own secret and . . . frightening real self." Featuring sections entitled "On Inner Space," "On Nature," and "On Love," this revealing volume is also about the need go on, even when up against overwhelming odds. May Sarton: A Self-Portrait pays tribute to an artist's vision and serves as a revealing window into a fascinating life.