The Earth Avails Poems, by Wunderlich, Mark
- ISBN: 9781555976668 | 1555976662
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 2/4/2014
The anticipated new book by Mark Wunderlich, whose poetry "reminds us how fully the spirit can illuminate the depths" (The New Yorker)
A Publishers Weekly Book of the Week
With your sorghum broom you sweetened my path, pulled
the woolen shawl around me while I slept.
That the lightning struck the willow
and did not fall—for this I am grateful.
The Earth Avails evokes an all-but-lost history, when every setting, thought, and action was imbued with ritual: here's the prayer said in a time of sickness; here's the blessing spoken upon entering the house; here's the letter from heaven that protects its holder from harm and misfortune. Rendered in part from folkloric and historical sources, Mark Wunderlich's poems reinvent these traditions with lyrical and emotive force for a new century of readers.