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Causeway
Elaine Sexton



Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2003 • 71 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-77-7



“Causeway is a book to savor and study for its ambition, scope, and execution – but also, for its generosity in freeing us (by gathering us... [continued in Reviews below]”—Ron Slate, On the Seawall

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“Causeway is a book to savor and study for its ambition, scope, and execution – but also, for its generosity in freeing us (by gathering us in its claws) to experience desire and understanding in dynamic and sometimes conflicting action, much as in “Borrowed House”: “'the way we push and pull one another / as we buffet the past, as I see it, through glass.'”—Ron Slate, On the Seawall

“In their plainspoken engagement with the actual world, Elaine Sexton’s poems are models of crupulous attention, alert to the simple truth that everything is ‘part of some bigger mystery’ so even a fish can sing a ‘psalm,’ a simple shoe be the subject of one. The poems in this impressive second collection contain the sound of a consciousness meditating on what is passing in the world and abiding in the heart and mind. Elegy without sentimentality seems a natural part of Sexton’s keen-eared lyric manner and, in every sense, responsibility. Lodged in various locales, whether urban or rural, earthbound or on the open sea, answering a landscape, a family memory, or the vagaries of love, the poems of Causeway are always informed by an honest buoyancy of spirit that can mix ‘the scent of lilacs’ with ‘smokers’ coughs,’ as imagination testifies to the hard-won realization that ‘Even in these / toxic times, we live, we thrive.’”—Eamon Grennan



ELAINE SEXTON is the author of Sleuth and Causeway, both from New Issues. Her poems, reviews, essays, and art criticism have appeared in American Poetry Review, ARTnews, Art New England, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, River Styx, New Letters, the Writer’s Chronicle (AWP), and numerous other journals. She teaches a poetry workshop at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, works in magazine publishing, and lives in New York City.



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