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A vivid portrait of poetic concern and attention, Shadow Sharp Marsh Grass exhibits an expansive personal ecology, where the meeting between the natural world and the human is foregrounded. The writing turns on the elliptical compression of classical Chinese poetry, meditations on place and domesticity, and a deep incorporation of mythology and religion, resulting in a poetry that is uncommonly generous and inclusive.

Helen Tartar (1951–2014) attended Swarthmore College and Yale University. A long-time editor at Stanford University Press, she was most recently editorial director at Fordham University Press.

Shadow Sharp Marsh Grass
January 2015
Helen Tartar