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The Ruined Elegance:
Poems
Fiona Sze-Lorrain

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"In the beginning was silence: Fiona Sze-Lorrain's poems honor this, ‘trying to measure / a quiet too pure / and transparent for humans.' These are poems of delicate ferocity; they seem to emerge from a profound yet whiplashed attentiveness. Sze-Lorrain registers the subtlest vibrations of the most difficult as well as the tenderest things--twentieth-century atrocities make themselves felt in a gesture in a prison, a buried book, ‘a revolution in the draft' of a feather. Also: poems, paintings, the eddies of sociable chat, ‘the last / Manchurian sky,' the color of rain. Shards of elegy, lament, intermittent flashes of wit, a philosophical sensuality throughout: this is subtle, sophisticated, gorgeous, and unsettling work by a poet open to being ‘torn by the lyric' as well as history. Sze-Lorrain aims ‘to honor / the invisible,' ‘to get silence right': she does."--Maureen N. McLane, author of My Poets

"The luminous art of Sze-Lorrain reveals how imaginative vision requires the veil. Hers is a contemporary, polycultural poetry, a language of distance and silence, rich with suggestion. The disparate, brilliant images of her Ruined Elegance fend off narrative, ‘torn by the lyric,' whose instrument is more enduring than its players: its ‘strings stayed taut. None / broke. Her fingernails did.' ."--Eleanor Wilner, author of Tourist in Hell

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