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Among the Monarchs

In poems of haunting lyricism, and in a voice wholly unlike any other American poet, Christine Garren’s second book of poetry explores common themes such as love, loss, and family with an uncommon sensibility. Among the Monarchs is filled with unforgettable metaphors, unconventional and unpredictable juxtapositions, turns and angles of perception, and seductive free verse rhythms. Through all of this, Garren captivates readers in a unique exploration of the nature of desire, the raptures and burdens of love and loss, the peculiarities of family life and, perhaps most compelling, the power of poetic imagination to shape what we see and feel. At once engaging and disquieting, Among the Monarchs attests to the inexhaustible possibilities of lyric poetry.

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49 pages | 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2000

Phoenix Poets

Poetry

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Childhood
The Bride
Early Memory
First Time
312
Love
Picnic
Monarchs
The Analyst
The Calf
The Skaters
Family
The Cemetery
The Underpass
First Love
Tristia
Solitaire
Sulfur
An Account
The Tenant
Noon
A Doll’s House
Picnic
The Biopsy
Cedar
The Kite
The Newlyweds
Small Things
Paperweight
Landscapes before Surgery
The Wolves
In the Garden
Figure and Ground
Janus
The Swan
Tree-line
Trout
The Daydream
Solitaire
Fortunes
The Student
Picnic
Courtship
Apartment Complex
The Ruins
Warehouse
The Exercise
The Laboratory
Cake

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