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Voluntary Servitude.

Voluntary Servitude

Mark Wunderlich

Graywolf Press

2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, St. Paul, MN 55114

1555974082 $14.00

Voluntary Servitude is a compilation of the impressively original poetry of Mark Wunderlich (Professor of Literature, Bennington College, Vermont). Hallmarked verse that is a once implacably honest and deftly scripted with a memorable rhetoric, this is a body of work that will linger in the mind long after this slim, 64-page volume has been set back upon the shelf to be read again another day. Lamb: Inside the sheep's hot center, lambs tangle,/soft joints press a tender twin.//I am brought to the barn, soap my arm in a sink./Orion stabs the sky with his arrow of ice.//I unwrap one sister from her awakening sister,/carefully, for the flesh is tender and this is an animal will.//Hand in the cave where blood shapes into an other,/I will bring them forth, bleating into January.//Good shepherd, I will shelter them from fangs,/chase stray dogs with a gun, turn them onto grass in spring.//They will come when I call, press against woven wire/even though I call them to the gleaming hook.
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Author:Hogan, Betsy L.
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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