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Orbit: Poems
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With Orbit, prize-winning author Cynthia Zarin confirms her place as an indispensable American poet of our time.In this, her fifth collection, Zarin turns her lyric lens on the worlds within worlds we inhabit and how we navigate our shared predicament—the tables of our lives on which the news of the day is strewn: the president speaking to parishioners in Charleston, the ricochet of violence, near and far. Whether writing about hairpin turns in the stair of childhood, the cat's claw of anxiety, on the impending loss of a young friend, or how "love endures, give or take," here is the poet who, in the title poem, "bartered forty summers for black pearls" and whose work is full of such wagers, embodied in playing cards, treble notes, snow globes, and balancing acts. Zarin reminds us that the atmosphere created by our experiences shapes and defines the orbit we move through. Along the way, she is both witness and, often indirectly, subject—"I do not know how to hold the beauty and sorrow of my life," she writes. This book is an attempt at an answer.
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        Read this new collection from Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Zarin, and J.M.W. Turner comes to mind. (Or maybe George Inness.) In particular, it recalls Turner's late-stage work, when issues of craft have long been resolved and what we see is pure feeling, sublime and urgent: colors deeply layered and the surface stippled with brushes, hands, and rags to move the story along. We come away believing we know this field, this sunset, with our vagrant thoughts somehow captured and thrown in. Yet it is pure invention, as is Zarin's work. Her scenes are spun and layered in rich, swirling language. Here, for example, are lines from her title poem: "The cranberry bogs--plush seats at La Fenice, / but the sky's aria after weeks of rain?/ Bee sting, a swarm of buttercups, mercury monogrammed with fever./ Three wishes?/ Even the simple know to ask for more--/ the baby's hand a star, the blinded/ measuring snake a Mobius strip." We are thrust into the eye of a storm by a sure hand. VERDICT Zarin's fifth collection (after The Ada Poems) is essential reading for those seeking magic on the page.--Iris S. Rosenberg, New York

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