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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press (Oct. 16 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155597483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555974831
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #589,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The fifth collection of poetry by Professor of English Mary Jo Bang Nov. 3 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The fifth collection of poetry by Professor of English Mary Jo Bang, Elegy uses free verse to communicate the loss of an only child in the prime of life. Eschewing self-pity, false comfort, or blame, Elegy burns with the power of heartbreak and the timelessness of memory. Highly recommended. "How Beautiful": A personal lens: glass bending rays / That gave one that day's news / Saying each and every day, // Just remember you are standing / On a planet that's evolving. / How beautiful, she thought, what distance does // For water, the view from above or afar. / In last night's dream, they were back again / At the beginning. She was a child // And he was a child. / A plane lit down and left her there. / Cold whitening the white sky whiter. // Then a scalpel cut her open for all the world / To be a sea.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not what it could have been. March 30 2009
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mary Jo Bang, Elegy (Graywolf, 2007)

Book-length collections that revolve around a single theme tend to work less well than those that range all over the map. There are any number of reasons for this, but the main one is that most poets just don't produce enough material over a protracted period of time about the same thing to make it work. This is why, when a book does get it right, it's such a brilliant reminder of how good such things can be (the obvious example, to my mind, is Donald Hall's Without, which traverses much the same ground Elegy does). When a book fails to do so, on the other hand, that doesn't mean in any way that it's as bad as the successes are good; much of the time it just means that the quality of the poems varies a bit more than one would like to see in a single-author poetry collection. Elegy is one of those books, with poems ranging from the blindingly brilliant to the quotidian. There's nothing here that's bad, some pieces just suffer in relation to others.

"A caboose climbing an emerald hill.
Daily we tend the garden.
Daily we wave

Our lashes like little flags
In a cordial wind. I? Who isn't
Ever I in a circular now."
("We Are Only Human")

Compare and contrast to:

"How could I have failed you like this?
The narrator asks

The object. The object is a box
Of ashes. How could I not have saved you,

A boy made of bone and blood."
("Landscape with the Fall of Icarus")

It all works, some just works better than the rest. Give it a look if you see it at the store. ***
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A profoundly wonderful work Sept. 23 2008
By nana loves grands - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This author uniquely captures the essence of losing a close loved one. She evokes the details of the feelings honestly and gracefully without letting them overwhelm. I heartily recommend this book to one and all, as we all must deal with death at different times of our lives. Mary Jo Bang is first-rate, I may be looking for more of her work in the future.
Absolutely stunning collection April 13 2014
By ZMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Mary Jo Bang has done the impossible here. She has written about the deepest form of grief (the loss of a child) in this collection of poems and she has transformed it into unforgettable, poignant art. Beautiful and heartbreaking elegies from an exquisite poet.
Great Poet/Great Poems March 3 2013
By hotnovelist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love Mary Jo Bang. Love these deeply moving poems. The exploration into the loss of her son is extraordinary. Highly recommended.


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