Graham, Jorie

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A masterpiece that belongs in every library where poetry is found.

Runaway: New Poems

Donne’s phrase “the vale of soul-making,” quoted by Graham in an interview, aptly suggests the terrain of these poems; challenging as they are, many of them seem like prayers. For all poetry fans.


While these poems are not easy, many are simply stunning as they build, take apart, rebuild, and move inexorably to the question: "how is it/ possible the world still exists, as it/ begins to take form there, in the not/ being…" Highly recommended.

From the New World: Poems, 1976–2014

Although Graham never mentions the word Oversoul here, these difficult language poems are suggestive of transcendentalism in its truest sense. Graham may not visit Walden Pond, but she hangs clothes in her backyard, walks in the woods, and tends her garden (among the subjects of the poems here), using these occasions to mark the place where daily life meets the infinite.

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