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And They Shall Wear Purple
New and Selected Poems
Jean Hollander




Sheep Meadow
2016 • 282 pp. 6 1/2 x 9"
Poetry

$22.50 Paperback, 978-1-937679-62-0



“Jean Hollander has written important poems of mourning that are painful to read, and there are important poems that rejoice in obvious beauty we may... [continued in Reviews below]”—Stanley Moss,

“the color of the soul”

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“Jean Hollander has written important poems of mourning that are painful to read, and there are important poems that rejoice in obvious beauty we may miss and beauty she discovered. In this book there are poems of terrible simplicity, profound ignorance—which means “negative capability”—and profound wisdom, matters hidden that are not quite hidden, and things displayed that are not quite naked. After all, poetry is a written language not quite naked, modestly placed between the covers of a book.” —Stanley Moss

From the Book:

LAZARUS AGAIN

I have not been the same
since I first died

that taste of death
sucks at my flesh

I never quite came back
to green—that rotten dream

lingers, like marjoram
that fragrant at the leaf

my blotchy limbs to stretch
and couple out of light

past loves still itch
like hardened insect bites

old longings wither me
with roses under noon

a tarnished pitcher
at familiar wells

my grace disturbs the worms
and bursts against the slime

of those three days



JEAN HOLLANDER, acclaimed poet and translator from both Italian and German, received the Bares Award for Crushed into Honey. She has taught at Princeton University and Brooklyn and Columbia Colleges.



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