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THE SWORDFISH TOOTH, Poems by Cynthia Zarin, Softcover 1989
 

THE SWORDFISH TOOTH, Poems by Cynthia Zarin, Softcover 1989

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Alfred Knopf 1989, 1st Ed. 8vo (9" tall). Very good. Very nice clean copy. Ex-library with sturdy laminated cover & usual type markings. Very light edgewear . Interior pages clean except for a very light pinkish stain on a couple pages.

"In her first book, Zarin, a staff writer at the New Yorker , finds her voice most surely in brief lyric poetry suffused with delicate metaphorical power. In "Now, " the poet uncovers the pristine potential at the heart of a dull momentinconspicuous, yet waiting in readiness. In "Snail, " a love poem, the speaker "felt myself / close kin to the snail you found" and, fascinated, observes its "creeping" progress over the body of her beloved. Like the snail, she is a "cartographer of the mysterious / male life, " and this culminating insight is dispassionately convincing. Such poetry is the work of a pure and steadfast sensibility...."

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