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A Memory of the Future: Poems


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Elizabeth Spires is the author of seven poetry collections, including Worldling and The Wave-Maker. Her poetry has appeared in the Atlantic and The New Yorker, among others. A professor at Goucher College, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


"A Memory of the Future by Elizabeth Spires is like a cup of tea for the weary. . . . [Spires's] metaphysical concerns are grounded in refreshingly thoughtful poems as the speaker considers small moments through a spiritual, often Zen perspective." -- Elizabeth Lund - Washington Post
"Sprinkled with philosophical inquiries and Zen koans like that of the title, Spires's contemplative sixth collection opens with delicious wordplay." -- New York Times Book Review
"All the distinguishing characteristics we've come to associate with Elizabeth Spires' poems-their shimmering clarity, verbal restraint, and self-interrogations-are enacted in this new work of meticulous surfaces and surprising depths...Spires' consuming subject-the fluidity of time set against the immutable presence of death-is approached with Zen-sparked simplicity: `As one grows older, / there should be fewer / and fewer words to say.' Yet those few words, as set down in A Memory of the Future, resonate with wisdom and insistent wonder." -- Michael Waters, author of Celestial Joyride
"With insatiable imagination, subtle music, stark candor, an ingenious sense of play, and an all-encompassing vision, Elizabeth Spires builds poem after poem revealing world within word within world. Her subject is nothing less than the feral innocence and courage of a `poised / and ready' soul in search of meaning, open to ebullient joy and harrowing loss...Discovering grandeur in miniature, alighting on a mortal's fleeting moment in a sublime landscape, Spires enlarges the possibilities of lyric. A Memory of the Future affirms her stature as one of the finest poets writing in English today." -- Phillis Levin, author of Mr. Memory and Other Poems

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