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The Earth Avails: Poems.
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Graywolf Press
By: Mark WunderlichThe anticipated new book by Mark Wunderlich, whose poetry ?reminds us how fully the spirit can illuminate the depths? (The New Yorker) — With your sorghum broom you sweetened my path, pulled — the woolen shawl around me while I slept. — — That the lightning struck the willow — and did not fall?for this I am grateful. — ?from ?Heaven-Letter? The Earth Avails evokes an all-but-lost history, when every setting, thought, and action was imbued with ritual: here?s the prayer said in a time of sickness: here?s the blessing spoken upon entering the house: here?s the letter from heaven that protects its holder from harm and misfortune. Rendered in part from folkloric and historical sources, Mark Wunderlich?s poems reinvent these traditions with lyrical and emotive force for a new century of readers.
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