Earth, Mercy

Author(s): Mary Rose O'Reilley
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Mar 04, 2013
Product Number: EB00799367
Released: Dec 14, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780807149522
Publisher: LSU Press
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In her new collection, Earth, Mercy, Mary Rose O'Reilley sifts through the debris of human habitation—pink thong sandals, curlers, broken televisions—looking for a kind of junkyard grace: "Holiness enters again / turquoise fins, and the Cessna's carapace / lifts on its wind." The first poem, "Genesis," locates the reader in Edenic time, "in that humid and green / arrival," while the last, "Watching the End of the World from Hovland, Minnesota," gives nature a final word: "Morels on goat prairie gloat / in their blue light. Spruce / speaking of green on green." Between these points, any poem offers a threshold over which something unexpected may pass—a ghost, an angel, or the yap of an insouciant dog alerting us to apocalypse. Against all that threatens our survival, Earth, Mercy asserts the beauty of our poignantly sensual life.

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