"It is above all her integrity that has made Linda Pastan such a rewarding poet. Nothing is here for effect. There is no self-pity, but in this new book she has reached down to a deeper layer and is letting the darkness in." —May Sarton...
|Title||:||The Five Stages of Grief|
|Number of Pages||:||76 Pages|
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The Five Stages of Grief Reviews
Braids of grief and memory (nostalgia? Not quite).In both this and Imperfect Paradise, Pastan uses a radical ordering scheme: the most obvious. It's bold and natural to place the poems in such a clear sequence, in this case the five stages. No secret code or subtle ordering "trick" here; it's all laid out in the table of contents.The turns in her poems are often soft and, at the same time, unexpected. Here's an ars poetica:TouristA Tintoretto angeldisguises itself in the curlsof my eldest child,long grown to manhood.A kneeling woman is dressed in black;her darkness reaches all the way west,back to the place I come from.The few starsare like loose changein a strange currency.Even as I write these words on a scrap of hotel paperthey look to my own eyesas if I have translated themfrom anotherlanguage.
In the evening my griefs come to me one by one.They tell me what I had hoped to forget.They perch on my shoulderslike mourning doves.They are the color of light fading.
Linda Pastan is one of my favorite poets. Her poems are wonderfully imagistic.
I am not a fan of poetry (a friend loaned me this book); this set of poems had a few gems.