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No Doubt the Nameless
Sydney Lea

Four Way
2016 • 120 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-73-4

“In this collection full of memories, each is immediate and alive. I am forever a fan of Lea’s poems and of the skill and heart and guts it takes to write poems like these in this age.” —Fleda Brown

These poems plumb the depths of elegy yet offer an upward gesture by the volume’s end

No Doubt the Nameless delves the depths of elegy, yet moves at last into a positive reading of the human situation. Here are familiar rural characters, whose sturdiness and joy figure as strongly into Lea’s narratives, both overt and implied, as do their trials and misfortunes.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“In Sydney Lea's new book, No Doubt the Nameless, the mystery of the commonplace surrounds the reader, even in its familiar Frostian landscape. The first poem in the book draws us into the mind of a child, terrified by what seems to be lurking outside his grandmother's farmhouse on a freezing winter night, as an enormous presence makes itself felt in the dark. But it is not death, as we might expect, ‘out there’—it is birth that is the source of fearful speculation. Again and again these startling, beautifully-made poems upend assumptions about life, death and everything in-between….”—Carol Muske-Dukes

From the Book:

…The nest was empty. Burned. The ceiling

of her room still showed its poster for Some Like It Hot,
shriveling after long years
when Monroe looked down on a herd of plush deer
and other mild creatures
now ragged with age. I imagined imagination
might cool my soul: I wrestled to mind
a gentled meadow dotted with flowers,

the checkered shade of a hardwood stand in fall,
a small brook’s ice-jeweled pools,
and last, an unmarred quilt of snow
on our cellar bulkhead….

SYDNEY LEA is the author of eleven prior volumes of poetry. A former Pulitzer finalist, a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, he was founder and longtime editor of New England Review. Active in literacy and conservation efforts, he lives in northern Vermont with his wife Robin Barone.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:36:23 -0500