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Cate Marvin (Author)

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A witty and elegiac new collection from the author of "exhilarating, fierce [and] powerful” verse (Robert Pinsky, Washington Post).

The speakers of Oracle occupy the outer-borough cityscape of New York's Staten Island, where they move through worlds glittering with refuse and peopled by ghosts—of a dead lover, of a friend lost to suicide, of a dog with glistening eyes. Marvin's haunting, passionate poems explore themes of loss, of the vulnerability of womanhood in a world hostile to it, and of the fraught, strangely compelling landscape of adolescence.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35313-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 96 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Poems finely tuned . . . full of inventive echoes and spring-loaded syntax.” — Dialogist

“She takes no prisoners.” — NPR

“Intense and intimate.” — Rumpus

“Channels the colorful voices of Staten Island.” — Vanity Fair

“Spectral, charged poems: a wild, ferocious bunch capable of emotional darkness, bound by a strong poetic I . . . a successful call to arms.” — Publisher's Weekly

“These are poems of feeling, memory, and calamity, of a life lived near the edge and an edge that nevertheless always resolves itself into a haunting ethical music. This is a wonderful collection of poems. It makes a powerful claim on the reader at every turn, on every page.” — Eavan Boland

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