Woman with Wing Removed

Valerie Wohlfeld

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Mining the veins of myth, love, and the natural world, Valerie Wohlfeld writes in lyrical, sensuous language that interplays with poetic form.

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Mining the veins of myth, love, and the natural world, Valerie Wohlfeld writes in lyrical, sensuous language that interplays with poetic form. She uses an exact vocabulary to describe the heart and its chambers [the correspondence of Persephone and Demeter], or the bittersweet love letter never sent to its betrayer. Here the magic of language never trumps meaning, but highlights and illuminates the transcendent world around us.

Contents

Acknowledgments

Part One
Envy
Wasp Nest
Pears
Nautilus
Refrain
Love Letters
Salt
Walking the Sea
The Living Page
Fiddlehead Fern
Herb Vinegar
Poppies
Morpheus
Scar
Between Asp and Web
Shekinah

Part Two
Letter
Vertigo
Déjà Vu
Silent-Seized
Paper Clock Kit
If Only
Feral
Daybreak
Cat and Cuckoo
Anthracite
Rime
Bride
Violin
Moroccan Sands
Echo
Daphne
Persephone Writes Home

Part Three
Mirror
Horoscope
Gray Day
Mother
Mammato-Cumulus
Ghost
Obiter Dicta
Wedding Portrait
Chess
Leaf
Handkerchief
Honeymoon
Son
Gift
My Father’s World

Part Four
Birds of the New World
Icarus
Woman with Wing Removed
Thunder
Ginger
Apple
Apples
Vase
Vessel
Fire and Flux
Veined-Garden
I in Eden Born
Pomegranate
Persephone
Hepatica
Hecate
Dust out of Eden
Agave
Hawk

Authors

Valerie Wohlfeld’s first collection, Thinking the World Visible, was chosen by James Dickey for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. While writing that book, she lived in a three-hundred-year-old house in Massachusetts; she has continued to live in New England for more than two decades. She received a master of fine arts in writing from Vermont College. Published widely, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Yale Review, Poetry, Antioch Review, New England Review, The Hopkins Review, and elsewhere.

Reviews

The majesty of woman may not be as it once was. Woman with Wing Removed is a collection of poetry from Valerie Wohlfeld as she discusses woman and her place in the world, and the status of mythology, love, and much more. Woman with Wing Removed is poignant and highly recommended.

Midwest Book Review

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