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Perpetua
Olga Broumas
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978-1-55659-025-2
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Perpetua
Olga Broumas

Lyric poems from the well-known feminist and former Yale Younger Poet. In this collection of poems, Olga Broumas returns to the more direct voice of her award-winning Beginning with O, to a poetics of sensuous detail made more vivid by her years of work as a massage therapist, to a poetry of the body. Her poems extend a broad social empathy where joy and sadness, hope and despair, co-exist in perfect harmony.

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"Readers will find Broumas' frankness about sex... and, indeed, her openness about all the subjects she covers either offensive or delightful, but none can dismiss her talent or ignore the power of her vision."—Booklist

"Broumas has always been a poet of light, sea and air. Her very diction is fluid, and while Perpetua marks a turning toward more explicitly spiritual concerns, she grounds her imagery firmly in the physical."—American Book Review

"Perpetua displays a striking sensuality. Her eroticism takes many forms... She unites a rollicking and tender love of the sensual self with an acceptance of the bonds-breaking of mortality."—Belles Lettres

"Perpetua is Olga Broumas's liveliest collection since her first book, Beginning with O... [won] the Yale Prize... Broumas refuses to play it safe poetically. Though the poems in Perpetua are mature in theme... they take risks with language and imagery... Broumas is invigorating."—Kathleen Norris, American Book Review

"Perpetua displays a striking sensuality... Broumas's best poems... are shaped by both a spirit of play and the nurturance of friends, family, and lovers."—Lee Upton, Belle Lettres

"[Broumas's] is a dense, metaphoric poetry as mystifying as it is inviting... None can dismiss her talent or ignore the power of her vision."—Booklist

"The language [in Perpetua] is one of sensuous detail, of a bodily sensuality... [Broumas] weaves a mesmerizing web of joy and sadness, hope and despair; these are songs worthy of a siren."—Bookpaper

"These poems linger after being read."—Library Journal

"Writing with a velocity and impulse that stretches and transforms language, Olga Broumas is one of the most exciting of contemporary poets."—Poetry Flash

"Perpetua manifests a maturity of vision and a broader social and political engagement with the world."—A View from the Loft

"In [Perpetua], Broumas... passionately invokes the redemptive forces of Eros to heal a world darkened by disease and oppression."—Publishers Weekly

"[Perpetua] is a lucid and vulnerable piece of work."—The Village Voice

"This is a wise volume... [Broumas's] is a clear and present voice that teaches us how to live in troubled times... This reader was left yearning for more."—Catherine Houser, Women's Review of Books

"In [Perpetua], Broumas kneads through the superficial layers of experience, taking us to a new, deeper awareness... Ultimately hers is a poetry of possibility... Like the tide, Broumas has returned in Perpetua to ease the marks left by our loving, to console us in our separation, in all its forms, from those we love."—Bay Window

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