The Wave-Maker


Elizabeth Spires (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

A stunning new collection from a poet who “made her name a watchword for serenity and poise” (Contemporary Poetry Review).

In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a deepening—birth, death, and transformation all part of a seamless continuum. Possessed of a calm, crystalline sense of eternity, her poems invite fellow travelers to sit for a little while and be cleansed of the dust of existence.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33733-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 80 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Refusing lushness, Spires creates lean lines that hold the weight of thought and feeling like rope bridges over a chasm.” — Booklist

“A simple but elegant tapestry of language.” — Charleston City Paper

“Quiet, unprepossessing, filled with wonder at the mortalities and fleeting beauties of the world.” — New Criterion

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