Lady of Light: New Poems

Anhinga. Jun. 2018. 234p. ISBN 9781934695586. pap. $22. POETRY
OrangeReviewStarIncluding recent work as well as poems dating back nearly two decades that didn't fit into other collections, this sumptuous feast by William Carlos Williams Award winner Wakoski (Emerald Ice) reveals the grand, vivid, shining, ebullient interior life of a poet who is remarkably self-effacing ("If I were a jellybean, I'd be the/ purple one nobody wanted." Wakoski's observant poetry moves from the rosebush of her childhood (which "gave me the feeling/ that I was seeing/ a jeweler take out a cut ruby/ to place it on a/ velvet tray for my viewing") to a beautiful series of meditations on Daniel Barenboim at the piano; she charges even the simplest events, such as eating an oyster, with emotion and meaning.
VERDICT The title comes from Wakoski's habit of signing her correspondence "I remain Yr Lady of Light, Diane," and these poems surely sparkle.

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