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Blackacre: Poems

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“Blackacre” is a centuries-old legal fiction - a placeholder name for a hypothetical estate. Treacherously lush or alluringly bleak, these poems reframe their subjects as landscape, as legacy - a bereavement, an intimacy, a racial identity, a pubescence, a culpability, a diagnosis. With a surveyor’s keenest tools, Youn marks the boundaries of the given, what we have been allotted: acreage that has been ruthlessly fenced, previously tenanted, ploughed and harvested, enriched and depleted. In the title sequence, the poet gleans a second crop from the field of Milton’s great sonnet on his blindness: a lyric meditation on her barrenness, on her own desire - her own struggle - to conceive a child. What happens when the transformative imagination comes up against the limits of unalterable fact?

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ISBN: 9781555977504
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Language: English
Page Count: 88
Size: 9.08" l x 7.03" w x 0.29"
Series: N/A

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