Carol Muske's tautly phrased, muted, highly condensed and vibrant poems are distinguised by the delicacy of their feeling, the subtlety of their wit and especially by their ability to present the ordinary events of life. . . .as if they were being experienced for the first time." -Marjorie Perloff"I admire enormously the power and beauty the bright, clear language gives Carol Muske's new poems. . . .it is the poet's characted which shows and at times even shines through the language into the poems. . . .it is hard to believe most poems these days; most poems any time, probably. Not these.
Donald Justice

Wyndmere is a town in North Dakota where Carol Muske’s mother was born, and where she visited as a child. Muske’s grandparents are buried there, and it is where her mother met and married her father. Now almost a ghost town, Wyndmere is the source of imagery in many of these poems, as well as the idea of Wynd-mere, wind-mother, both inspiration and principle of separation.

72 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in.

April, 1985

isbn : 9780822953654

about the author

Carol Muske

Carol Muske has taught in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshops, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of Virginia. Her first book of poems, Camouflage, was published in 1975 by the University of Pittsburgh Press, followed by Skylight (1981) and Wyndmere (1985). Among her awards are the 1979 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award of the Poetry Society of America, and a 1981 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship.

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