Review of Alive Together by Lisel Mueller

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: |

Uri Toch, Librarian, has written the following review:

Did you ever read a book that you wished you had read 20 years ago? Alive Together: New and Selected poems, an anthology of poems by local poet Lisel Mueller, is such a book.  The title is currently a little misleading, as the book was originally published in 1986, so the poems are no longer new, but they continue to resonate as her topics of family, birthdays, gardening, and other every-day events seem ever fresh.  Ms. Mueller won the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1997 for this book.  The title poem, Alive Together, illustrates much of the irony that Ms. Mueller uses to such great effect.  The poem starts..”Speaking of marvels, I am alive together with you, when I might have been alive with anyone under the sun …”

If you like poetry about everyday life written by a perceptive and imaginative writer, then this accessible book will bring you much enjoyment.


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