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Land’s End

New and Selected Poems

Gail Mazur

Land’s End

Gail Mazur

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780226720739 Published September 2020
E-book $10.00 to $25.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226720876 Published August 2020
With her latest poetry collection, Gail Mazur once again shows her mastery of the descriptive-meditative narrative, powerfully evoking the past while writing from the firm ground of the present.

In Land’s End, we see Mazur writing with the kind of lyric authority, ever-deepening emotional range, and intellectual and social scope that her readers have come to expect in her poetry. Beautifully crafted elegies meet with reflections on her own life, her family, and artists who have come and gone. In the title poem, she leads readers through a garden, where new and old growth twists together in an “almanac of inheritances” that conjures the rich memory of poets who have passed on. In this space of remembrance, Mazur also charges us with the responsibility of nurturing art and artists of the future, especially in the face of the disheartening absurdities of contemporary politics. Contemplating the growth and decay so entwined in life, these poems invite us to consider both inevitable brokenness and necessary hope, writing “My work now: to continue learning to absorb the loss, / and live.”

Through tidal creeks and the weightless scenes of ukiyo-e woodcuts, in artists’ studios and along the frozen Charles River, Mazur connects passionately with the world around her. Carrying with her the undeniable presence of loss and of time past, she engages deeply with the present, her historic memory informing a deep concern for contemporary life. Reading Land’s End, we find ourselves with the poet:
as if here at land’s end, here on the coast, urgent,
together we’d have energies to do battle forever.
 
           As if we could rescue the guttering world….
Contents
Acknowledgments

New Poems
Hall Mirror
At 4 A.M.
That Was Then
My American Poem
At Land’s End
Walking Barefoot, August
Thoreauvian
The Conversation
Nostalgia
End of Summer
Eastham Turnips, November
Rest Stop
The Breakwater
*
Josef Albers
The High Line
Snapshots
There Came a Time
Blue Work Shirt
*
Early Morning Walks
More, More
 
from Forbidden City (2016)
Mount Fuji
Forbidden City
My Studio
Believe That Even in My Deliberateness I Was Not Deliberate
*
Shade
Age
On Jane Cooper’s “The Green Notebook”
Philip Guston
The 70s
Elephant Memory
To the Charles River
*
We Swam to an Island of Bees
Instance of Me
The Self in Search of the Sublime
Things
Family Crucible
Grief

from Figures in a Landscape (2011)
Figures in a Landscape
Hermit
The Age
Poem
Shipwreck
To the Makers
Borges in Cambridge, 1967
To the Women of My Family
History of My Timidity
Dear Migraine,
Isaac Rosenberg
Inward Conversation
Post-Pastoral
Concordance to a Life’s Work

from Zeppo’s First Wife (2005)
Blue Umbrella
The Mission
September
Queenie
Dana Street, December
Zeppo’s First Wife
Seven Sons
Waterlilies
American Ghazal
Rudy’s Tree

from They Can’t Take That Away from Me (2001)
Five Poems Entitled “Questions”
Michelangelo: to Giovanni da Pistoia When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistine Chapel
Poems
Maybe It’s Only the Monotony
Young Apple Tree, December
I Wish   I Want   I Need
The Weskit
Evening
Girl in a Library
Air Drawing

from The Common (1995)
I’m a Stranger Here Myself
In Houston
Whatever They Want
Bluebonnets
Poem for Christian, My Student
Foliage
Ice
Poem Ending with Three Lines of Wordsworth’s
Bedroom at Arles

from The Pose of Happiness (1986)
The Horizontal Man
Jewelweed
Reading Akhmatova
Hurricane Watch
Fallen Angels
Listening to Baseball in the Car
To RTSL, 1985

from Nightfire (1978)
Baseball
Review Quotes
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"In this comprehensive volume, Mazur demonstrates a remarkable mastery of poetic technique as she depicts human relationships in all of their ambiguities. . . . Here, as elsewhere, the speaker boldly and sensitively proclaims her own lack of understanding. It is this vulnerability, equipped and complemented with extensive erudition, that makes Mazur’s poems as poignant as they are accomplished in their craft."
Nina MacLaughlin | The Boston Globe
"In her honed and arresting new collection of poetry, Land’s End, Gail Mazur rightly observes that the sycamores along Memorial Drive in Cambridge do something different than the showy blaze of other trees in fall, 'patterning the road and the old river/with their own kind of darkness and light.' . . . In these new and  selected poems, Mazur, who lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, writes with sensual specificity of the Cape, its mussels and sand flats and sandpipers, a hummingbird moth, turnips grown in Eastham, the humble and sublime."
Provincetown Independent
"In Land’s End, Mazur has done the hard work, building a palette of primal elements, the metaphors of place — gulls, sand, pebbles worn by tides — to express the yearnings of mortality."
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