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The Muscled Truce: Poems
Paperback - English

In her fifth full-length collection, poet Catharine Savage Brosman gracefully employs a wide array of forms and styles to address the ontological question--the problem of being, including the "momentary flame" of human life--and the complexity of relationships with others and with oneself.

The first section, "A Distant Shore," introduces characters chronologically from King Minos to D. H. Lawrence--mythological, historical, or anonymous travelers of one kind or another--who are given voice through Brosman's craft in seamless transitions among free verse, blank verse, and rhyme. In the second part, "The Muscled Truce," twelve short poems in rhymed iambic tetrameter describe activities, from beekeeping and gardening to skating and winegrowing, as ways of encountering the world, acting on it, and meeting its demands. The book closes with "A Cosmic Comedy," in which works about contemporary, often mundane situations reinforce earlier metaphysical concerns of nature, religion, aging, and death.

At turns witty and weighty, personal and universal, The Muscled Truce bears Brosman's indelible emotional imprint and reveals her amazing technical flexibility, continuing her tradition of writing "poetry that might legitimately be assigned a vintage" (Baton Rouge Advocate).

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Brosman, Catharine Savage
Catharine Savage Brosman, Houston, Texas, is professor emerita of French at Tulane University. She is the author of numerous books of French literary history and criticism, two volumes of nonfiction prose, and nine collections of poetry.

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