Displacement (Paperback)

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Leslie Harrison’s collection marks the arrival of an assured new poetic voice. Chosen as the winner of the 2008 Bakeless Prize in poetry by guest judge Eavan Boland, Displacement addresses questions of place and, of course, displacement—from marriage and home—and explores the aftershocks of being uprooted physically and emotionally. Paired with Harrison’s natural, keen sense of rhythm, the central themes of impermanence and loss are heightened by the poems’ impeccable structure.

In a masterful display of formal precision, the collection is filled with "engaging contradictions," says Eavan Boland. In her introduction, Boland writes, "There is a poignancy, poise, and a presence about this book and about its traffic between secrecy and disclosure that allows it to have an unusual force, and a true grip on its reader. This is a real lyric journey; and the reader will take it, too."

About the Author

LESLIE HARRISON is currently a production manager for a weekly newspaper. She has spent more than a decade as a photojournalist whose prize-winning work has appeared for the Associated Press and in People and Sports Illustrated, among many other publications. Educated at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Irvine, she currently lives in Sandisfield, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

"A heart wrenching, fabulous book about love and betrayal. Through mythic disguise and formal control, it enacts a devastatingly exact account of marital breakdown, erotic vagrancy, regret and anger...A tough and beautiful collection."—Alan Shapiro, author of Old War

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547198422
ISBN-10: 0547198426
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: July 14th, 2009
Pages: 96
Language: English