And They Shall Wear Pur­ple

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Jean Hollander, Sheep Meadow Press, Soft­cover $22.50 (269pp), 978-1-937679-62-0

De­light in the pres­ence of a poet so sane as to make you want to sit at her feet, lean against her knees. And yet, Jean Hollander’s po­etry won’t stroke your cheek with com­fort­ing mis­sives—her work is com­mand­ing, pow­er­ful, spare as a shin­bone. The au­thor of five col­lec­tions of po­etry, a trans­la­tor of Dante from the Ger­man, she held teach­ing po­si­tions at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, and Brook­lyn and Columbia Col­leges.

Af­ter Go­ing West

Three sprigs of laven­der my son brought back for me af­ter hik­ing with friends, and I no longer in­vited

the man­hood I raised hav­ing come, the stub­ble awk­ward on his chin, he reads Hesse and Salinger and not the books I thrust on him

I think his frame too big to have come out of my womb, I re­nounce the baby head push­ing, I give the free­dom he has taken gladly

crawled out of com­fort, he has erupted moth­er­ing and I am happy, tired of the la­bor, and touch­ing his sep­a­rate skin

for the sec­ond time I feel the won­der of that part­ing.

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