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Mary Szybist

Autor(a) de Incarnadine: Poems

3+ Works 258 Membros 9 Críticas

Obras por Mary Szybist

Incarnadine: Poems (2013) 185 exemplares, 8 críticas
Granted (2003) 64 exemplares

Associated Works

The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares, 4 críticas
The Writer's Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House (2012) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares, 1 crítica


Conhecimento Comum

Locais de residência
Pennsylvania, USA
Portland, Oregon, USA
University of Virginia



Disappointed to find that most of these National Book Award winning poems didn't register much with me. She changes form a good deal, using found text poetry, shape poetry, prose poetry, etc., which probably impresses judges but tends to distract me, and I dislike found poetry anyway (stop doing that, people!). And the personal poems here I found dull.

But! This collection is named for a series of poems around the Annunciation, and "Conversion Figure" and "Annunciation in Play" I really liked. The first is told by the angel Gabriel:
I spent a long time falling
toward your slender, tremulous face -

a long time slipping through stars
as they shattered, through sticky clouds
with no confetti in them.
The shattering stars reflect the violently disruptive event that God taking on human form would be, and the clouds with no confetti foreshadow the humble birth, the dangerous life.
Girl on the lawn without sleeves, knees bare even of lotion,
time now to strip away everything
you try to think about yourself.
Bearing the son of God would surely trigger a massive crisis of self-image, radically changing how you view yourself and your role in the world. In "Annunciation in Play", Szybist suggests Mary would, in self-defense, try to delay this encounter that would necessitate such hard work:
-into the 3rd second, the girl
holds on, determined not to meet his gaze-

she swerves her blue sleeve,
closes down the space,
while his eyes are intent, unwilling
to relent and

late into the 5th second they are still
fighting on
But the girl knows she cannot put off this meeting with God's angel for long.
but the delay

is what she has
before his expert touch
swings in, before
she loses her light, clean edges, before she
loses possession-

before they look at each other.
It's a touching poem of the hesitation, fear, reluctance we can imagine Mary would have felt, about to lose her current sense of self and idealized life, in the moments before she replied, "be it unto me according to thy word."
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lelandleslie | 7 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
This was, to me, a better anthology of poems than Best New Poets 2013, or at least I enjoyed more of them. Death, especially of a father or mother was a common theme in a lot of these poems. Apparently this was coincidence because these were nominated from many different places for this volume.

For some reason, hickory trees was also a common motif...again, not sure why but I thought it was interesting nonetheless.

Favorite poems?
Anti-eclogue by Susannah B. Mintz
Monroe, Washington by Jen Siraganian
You Must Become a Bear by Jeremy Allan Hawkins
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DarrinLett | Aug 14, 2022 |
Incarnadine truly made me feel creeped out at the idea of the annunciation (thankfully). Szybist has a way of communicating experiences that I (the male reader) could never be privy to and gathers the threads of history, theology, identity, and womanhood and creates such powerful poems as she threads them together.
b.masonjudy | 7 outras críticas | Apr 3, 2020 |
Welp, this was a set of poems that hit me right in my past as a medievalist who worked on Middle English mystics as well as someone who loves gorgeous language and experiments in form. I especially loved "Conversion Figure", "Hail", and "Update on Mary" though I think my favorite lines are in "Invitation" - "Angels of prostitution and rain/you of sheerness and sorrow/you who take nothing/breathe into me". I can think of at least one person I know who is also a poet who should read this immediately if she hasn't.… (mais)
jeninmotion | 7 outras críticas | Sep 24, 2018 |



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