The Worrier: Poems (Juniper Prize For Poetry)

The Worrier: Poems (Juniper Prize For Poetry)

The Worrier: poems (Juniper Prize for Poetry)

What do you know?
How I hide my flaws.
What do you know?
How butterflies
sweeten themselves
opening and closing their wings together
in a little hill
on the beach.
―"The Worrier bed"

The Worrier poems, like a string of worry beads, are dialogues between two interior voices exploring topics as varied as fur coats, marriage, scars, vanishing bees, a silent film star, toads, and volunteers. Strongly imagistic, and often placed in wild landscapes of Utah and Wisconsin, these poems strangely soothe with their surprising offbeat answers to Takacs's worries about intimacy, loss, and turmoil in midlife and beyond; about disappearing wilderness, and compassion, in the world at large. Despite worrying, the poems seem fearless in what they tackle, and in their language and form, creating lightness, promise.

"The Worrier presents a series of internalized interviews, mysteriously straightforward questions that often meet with oblique open-ended replies, and lead invariably to further questions. In this way, Nancy Takacs worries her 'topics.' Sly and forthright, delightful and unsettled, her poems read like an explorer's field notes, veering off in unexpected directions across what we thought was charted terrain, worrying secrets and plastic, freesia and vanishing bees. Yet, like...

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