Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226293301 Published November 2005

Human Love

Doreen Gildroy

Human Love
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Doreen Gildroy

64 pages | 6-1/8 x 8-1/2 | © 2005
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226293301 Published November 2005
Prolusion

This is my kitchen.
I looked around.

You think I would have noticed before
that it was safe.

(I started to feel.)

What I wanted first
was color.

I intended terra cotta,
but the paint turned
twice as vibrant:
true orange.

(And then I became used to
boldness.)

Doreen Gildroy's second book of poems is a marvel of lyric exactitude. On the surface a book about a man and a woman trying to conceive a child, Human Love is more deeply an attempt to focus on the process of human creativity in general and, ultimately, the desire to remake the world and self so that both will be more hospitable to new life.

Here, the physical processes of modern fertility treatments become a means through which the self experiences the world with grace and love; the wished-for child also begets a new relationship between man and woman. Though dark at times, Human Love never surrenders hope, and Gildroy never lets the muted music of her verse succumb to despair. A meditation on the body as a source of joy, anxiety, and regeneration, this collection extends the capacity of the lyric to articulate human feeling while considering the complications of love, both human and divine, and the distinctions between them.
Contents
Acknowledgments
I
Prolusion
Human Love
Gallery of My Life
(My God, it took me . . . )
Unmitigated Hue
Vademecum
Tables and Chairs
II
(Returning to my father's house . . . )
Being Marked, Showing Symptoms
Visitation
Reconnaissance
Visual Binary
Transit
At Vitruvius to the Divine Intelligence
Open to the Sky
Reprieve
Miniature
Luminaries
Fountain
III
Bonsai
Entry
The Center of the Earth, Unseen
Paints, Medicines
Diffusion
Artificial Paradises
Clearstock
IV
In Illo Tempore
A Picture Like the Sun
Imperfect Awe
Field Work
It Is the Beginning
Strange Flowers
Diagram of the Winds
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