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The Squanicook Eclogues by Melissa Green
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The Housewright's Mercy
The Squanicook Eclogues// by Melissa Green // 978-0982162552
April 2010
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Melissa Green

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"Wonderful eclogues... Virgil would be proud. Tremendous rhyming, tremendous texture."

- Joseph Brodsky, winner of the 1987 Nobel Prize for Literature

In the four elegies of The Squanicook Eclogues, Melissa Green's debut collection, the poet examines how "duty and devotion are the same when love and terror walk together." This is a work of staggering eloquence.

This edition is a reprint of the book originally published by Norton in 1987, which was honored with the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Critical acclaim for Melissa Green's writing:

Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature: "Responsibility and delight are the tone of the true poet, a joy in the craft that supercedes its themes, however afflicted, and on every page of this book Melissa Green’s reverential elations uplift and soothe the reader as naturally and cleanly as the morning wind."

Ann Fallon: "Melissa Green's Squanicook Eclogues addresses our need to live in harmony with our environment."

Sean Campbell: "Melissa Green's readers will surely feel that they too are touching upon generations, of poetry and poets."

David Miller: "Her poems are fully engaged with the richness of the world as it is, to a degree that can be breathtaking."

J. Mae Barizo: "The unique isolation at the source of her voice resembles the shuttered but explosive urgency of an Emily Dickinson poem."

William Logan: "No other young poet is so contented, so thrilled, merely to catalogue nature’s changes, or to craft them into a deliberately turned formal verse that takes an almost shocked delight in its own daring."

Marie Howe: "These are poems written by a survivor, a poet, a woman pulled back to life by 'savior language'."

Janeil Page: "Some poets are gifted with a facility for language, or with unusual control, or with the unique camber of their lens; Green has all of these attributes."

Ann Fallon: "This ‘joy in the craft’ is evident throughout the book and harmonises with the untameable aspects of nature which her poetry engages fully with . . . This collection deserves to be read, and loved and re-read, and eventually passed on to future generations. "

Additional reading:

In Parnassus Review, an excerpt from The Linen Way. // In LARB, an interview with Green conducted by Sumita Chakraborty. // In New England Review of Books, an interview with Green conducted by Susan Landry, originally published in Run the Roundhouse, Nellie. // At the Woodberry Poetry Room website, an interview with Green conducted by Daniel Pritchard. // At the Ampersand blog, impressions from a reading given by Green. // On Facebook, the Melissa Green: Author page. // At Rosa Mira Books, a Q-and-A with Green. // At Stanford's Book Haven, a profile of Green by Cynthia Haven.// At her personal website, Joyce Peseroff's notes on Green's Magpiety. // At The Ottoman Estate, recordings of Green reading live. // At the AWP Writer's Notebook, a profile of Green by Leslie McGrath. // In St. Lucia, a report of an evening with Green and Derek Walcott.