Wonder and Wrath

A. M. Juster


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Format Paperback
Pages 85
Size 5" x 8"
ISBN 9781589881495
Publication Date 9/29/2020
Tags featured, New & Forthcoming, Poetry
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Wonder and Wrath is the latest book of original and translated poetry from A. M. Juster, one of America’s most respected poets and translators. These poems display great formal accomplishment and deliver pleasure in the act of reading them―especially aloud. Rooted in the tradition, the poems in Wonder and Wrath have appeared in PoetryThe Hudson ReviewRattle and many other top journals. Read this book of poems from start to finish; you’ll enjoy every one of them!


"Wonder and Wrath represents the culmination and integration of A. M. Juster's diverse and remarkable career. In nine previous volumes of poetry and verse translation, Juster displayed mastery of so many modes and manners that it was sometimes difficult to bring his artistic personality into focus. In Wonder and Wrath, the variety remains, but the superb new poems are compellingly unified. Juster's late style is capacious―nothing human is alien to him. He is simultaneously tender and savage, witty and sad, vulgar and learned. In this go-for-broke volume, Juster also writes in over two dozen forms from sonnet to pantoum, haiku to heroic couplet, all splendidly handled. Page after page, the poems strike home.”―Dana Gioia, author of 99 Poems: New & Selected

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For twenty years now, Juster has been a powerful and vital force for poetry. He has proven himself a master of formal poetics (if the form exists, he’s probably used it, and to stunning effect). As an exemplary translator, he has brought out of obscurity poems from the Chinese classics through the long Roman tradition, as well as works from Welsh and the African oral tradition, Aldheim, Milton’s Latin, Petrarch, Baudelaire, Rilke, and Housman. He’s a brilliant satirist as well, with delightful riffs on Billy Collins and Bob Dylan. As dark as many of these poems may be, their lyrical meters will move and comfort you, and surely make you laugh as only good poetry, like a good joke with a real punch, can."—Paul Mariani, author of Ordinary Time: Poems and The Mystery of It All


From Wonder and Wrath:

"Three Visitors"

Mist on moonspill     as midnight nears.
Adrift but not dreaming     our drowsy son
is covered and kissed.     At the kitchen door
our old basset is barking;     coyotes out back
are standing like statues     down by the dogwoods.
Across the crystal    of crusted snow,
they search for stragglers    to startle and chase.
Their vigil reveals    no victims this night.

Trash would be trouble;    they trot away
unbothered by bloodthroated    growling and baying.
No star distracts    their stealthy march.
As the highway hums    they howl through the calm,
then savor new scents    that savor their path
in this world awash    in wonder and wrath.

 

A. M. Juster is an award-winning poet, translator, and critic. His most recent books include John Milton's The Book of ElegiesThe Elegies of Maximianus, and Sleaze & Slander, and his first book of original poetry, The Secret Language of Women, won the Richard Wilbur Award. Juster's poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in PoetryThe Paris ReviewThe Hudson ReviewThe New Criterion and many other publications. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.



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