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Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult

Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult

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A contemporary requiem--an earthy yet elegant reconsideration of the Tristan and Iseult story, from the former poet laureate of Brooklyn.

In D. Nurkse's wood of Morois, the Forest of Love, there's a fine line between the real and the imaginary, the archaic and the actual, poetry and news. The poems feature the voices of the lovers and all parties around them, including the servant Brangien; Tristan's horse, Beau Joueur; even the living spring that flows through the tale ("in my breathing shadow / the lovers hear their voices / confused with mine / promising a slate roof, / a gate, a child . . . "). Nurkse brings us an Iseult who has more power than she wants over Tristan's imagination, and a Tristan who understands his fate early on: "That charm was so strong, no luck could free us." For these lovers, time closes like a book, but it remains open for us as we hear both new tones and familiar voices, eerily like our own, in this age-old story made new again.

Author: D. Nurkse
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 09/12/2017
Pages: 104
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 9.00h x 7.50w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780451494801

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 08/21/2017
Library Journal 09/01/2017

About the Author
D. NURKSE is the author of ten previous books of poetry. His recent prizes include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship. He has also written on human rights.

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