Log in. Sign up. Subscribe to this podcast. A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to. I make no stringent demands that you should really be chaste, but only that you try to cover up. If a girl can claim to be pure, it's the same as being pure: it's only admitted vice that makes for scandal.
What madness, to confess by day what's wrapped in night, and what you've done in secret, openly tell!
The hooker, about to bed some Roman off the street still locks her door first, keeping out the crowd: will you yourself then make your sins notorious, accusing and prosecuting your own crime? Be wise, and learn at least to imitate chaste girls, and let me believe you're good, though you are not. Do what you do, but simply deny you ever did: there's nothing wrong with public modesty.
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There is a proper place for looseness: fill it up with all voluptuousness, and banish shame; but when you're done there, then put off all playfulness and leave your indiscretions in your bed. There, don't be ashamed to lay your gown aside and press your thigh against a pressing thigh; there take and give deep kisses with your crimson lips; let love contrive a thousand ways of passion; there let delighted words and moans come ceaselessly, and make the mattress quiver with playful motion.
But put on with your clothes a face that's all discretion, and let Shame disavow your shocking deeds. Trick everyone, trick me: leave me in ignorance; let me enjoy the life of a happy fool. Why must I see so often notes received - and sent?
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Why are there spaces in the middle of the line? How am I supposed to read this? I didn't find the subject matter transcendent, or the turns of phrase memorable. Bookbingonw - poetry. Jun 23, Susan rated it really liked it. Great insight into aging. Apr 15, Patti rated it it was amazing. This wonderful book of poems was published by Grace Paley's estate. She had things to share with us until the end.
She wasn't done yet. This book is small but oh so powerful and seems in keeping with the shrinking that happens with age, but the spirit stays strong. She faces aging, her illness, her approaching death and its effect on those who love her. She has the wisdom to rejoice that her children's children will help them through these hard times. She shares how she copes with her grief.
Feb 26, Sherard H rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. Grace Paley's life and politics shine through with clarity in this posthumous collection of her work. She writes of her life in New York, and of her life in Vermont; of friends, and of lovers. Most notably, she writes of what it's like to grow older, and to watch one's friends disappear one by one.
Her most poignant poem for me--an untitled piece--addresses a moment in which she craved to call her sister on the phone immediately, and af Grace Paley's life and politics shine through with clarity in this posthumous collection of her work. Her most poignant poem for me--an untitled piece--addresses a moment in which she craved to call her sister on the phone immediately, and after she called and the automatic telephonic voice informed her that the number had been disconnected, Paley felt relief; she was happy only to discover that even two years after her sister's death, they still hadn't assigned her sister's number to someone new.
It may be difficult for a younger audience to grasp some of Paley's themes and concepts in Fidelity , but I believe it speaks well enough to still be considered despite the potentially large age gap between Paley and her reader in this piece. As a writer, I really hope to thoughtfully consider and play around with Paley's poetic form; her playfulness with word spacing has allowed her to create an entire collection without a single punctuation mark. Mar 04, Alexandra Wall rated it liked it Shelves: springmfa. Simple language and almost no punctuation allow Paley's inner voice to take the reins.
The written style is simple, but is able to challenge the reader to identify where complete thoughts begin or end, and also recognize how they can connect together. Her use of enjambments create a sense of greater length and fluidity for the short, somewhat fragmented sections of narrative-driven poetic prose. Lines share their space with one another, carrying the thoughts along in an inner monologue, and sing Simple language and almost no punctuation allow Paley's inner voice to take the reins.
Lines share their space with one another, carrying the thoughts along in an inner monologue, and single words or brief phrases are often given white space for emphasis or pause, a moment of contemplation. The style lends itself to the topics, as the poems explore the challenges that come with family life and aging, sickness and death, mixed in among pieces that celebrate pastoral wonder.
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A solitary voice is present as it shares with the reader in remembering friends and loved ones, or the beauty of flowers after a rainstorm, or other moments in the life of the author. The tone is a little sardonic, a little nostalgic, and a little lonely, but appreciative for the experiences that are being shared.
The collection builds the perspective that life is what it is, so enjoy it. Often deceptively conversational -- simple, meditative and yet full of feeling -- Grace Paley's poetry makes you slow down for a few breaths.
Reading this book felt like going to Vermont. I'd actually rate this somewhere between 3. Gal darn these old poets.
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My Sister And My Grandson I have been talking to my sister she may not know she's been dust and ashes for th Often deceptively conversational -- simple, meditative and yet full of feeling -- Grace Paley's poetry makes you slow down for a few breaths. My Sister And My Grandson I have been talking to my sister she may not know she's been dust and ashes for the last two years I talk to her nearly every day I've been telling her about our new baby who is serious comical busy dark my sister out of all the rubble and grit that is now her my sister mutters what about our old baby he was smart loving so beautiful yes yes I said listen just last week he stopped at my hallway door he saw your small Turkish rug he stared at it he fell to his knees his arms wide crying Jeannie oh my own auntie Jeannie remembered ah her hard whisper came to me thank you Grace now speak to him tell him he's still my deepest love Jan 08, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry.
What delight to read poems written by Grace Paley in her last years! She writes of love and death and doesn't stop talking to her sister or her friends just because they are dead. The ending of the poem "On Occasion" echoed one of my favorite poems by ee cummings. A surprise to me. I read that Cummings poem when I was kid, and marked it in a book I bought in And reading Grace Paley tonight brought it back to me, two such different voices.
Aug 28, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: american , poetry. This was a beautiful and often sad but also funny! Paley has a really lovely, simple, contemplative quality about her on her best poems.
I liked the sparseness of the language; she uses her words sparingly and to good effect. I also loved her spacing and enjambment. As great as the great poems were, though, there were more than a few that left me kind of unmoved, waiting for that glorious shivery moment that happens at the end of a good poem th This was a beautiful and often sad but also funny!
As great as the great poems were, though, there were more than a few that left me kind of unmoved, waiting for that glorious shivery moment that happens at the end of a good poem that never came. Jul 30, Mary rated it it was amazing. She never chooses tired words like "uplifting" or "down to earth" but manages to be both, all the time, to the last syllable of her recorded time, which ended last August.
With lines like these: " I would eat it again.
Oct 29, kasia rated it really liked it. They might not all be fantastic poems, but throughout, you have the sense that they were all written by a fantastic person.