Poems exploring our most fragile points of connection—to lovers and family, to the living and the dead, and to oneself, one’s own life’s work—with the care and wisdom of one who knows these roads.
“Silently / pulling for itself, / the will wants the body to // give it what it wants,” Sexton writes in “Between the Car and the Sea,” at once a description of a car’s body propelling her onward, and of the poet herself, the one behind the wheel of this masterful fourth collection. In an extraordinary act of volition, the author does not stop at the trope of ambition, but powers instead toward the urgent concerns of the will, and intention.
Elaine Sexton is the author of three previous collections of poetry including Sleuth (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2003), Causeway (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2003), and Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow Press, 2015). She currently teaches at the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute and lives in New York City and the North Fork of Long Island.